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Why Free Software has failed the desktop

I think I've found the answer. Why is WordPress a run-away success publishing platform on the web, yet [relatively] no-one uses GIMP, a mighty powerful image editor?
Written by Jake Rayson Rayson, Contributor on

I think I've found the answer. Why is WordPress a run-away success publishing platform on the web, yet [relatively] no-one uses GIMP, a mighty powerful image editor?

It's because it's so easy to pirate a copy of Photoshop, and it's impossible to pirate a copy of TypePad.

Ditto Linux: success serving the web, [relatively] insignificant on the desktop.

Piracy perversely serves to continue the hegemony of proprietary software on the desktop. If people had to pay, it would be the push to switch to Free Software.

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