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Linux.com Criticised for Promoting Windows-only Software

Posted in GNU/Linux, Windows at 4:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


ina Gasperson is my favourite writer at Linux.com, but this latest one from her was slightly mystifying. The comments on this article say it all.

It doesn’t jibe too well, especially when one considers the anti-Linux advertisements which this Web site has had (sister sites have their issues too). To be fair, such an article is very much the exception. Last week, however, Linux.com drew attention to Microsoft Paul and upset a few readers also.

This is just something to watch out for. Maybe it’s an innocent mistake that won’t be repeated.

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  1. gggggg said,

    June 27, 2008 at 9:59 am


    Oh please!

    Again you’ve the nerve to criticize others while you do the same thing. You have got to the point of promoting a front-end to Internet Explorer.

    Grow the **** up, will you. And accept responsibility.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 27, 2008 at 10:02 am


    You have got to the point of promoting a front-end to Internet Explorer.

    Did I? If I ever linked to such a thing (notice that linkage and promotion/articles are not the same thing), then it was definitely accidental.

  3. jjjjjjjjj said,

    June 27, 2008 at 10:07 am



    nice name, chickenshit! go fuck yourself

  4. gggggg said,

    June 27, 2008 at 10:08 am


    At least the application is open source.

    You have no qualms about promoting proprietary software.

    You’ve made yourself the ultimate judge about everything open source. But you’ve so little understanding about it.

    You’ve made yourself the moral and ethical judge about everything open source.


    As I said: Grow Up!

  5. gggggg said,

    June 27, 2008 at 10:12 am


    Did I? If I ever linked to such a thing (notice that linkage and promotion/articles are not the same thing), then it was definitely accidental.

    No It was not! It was Maxthon in the LinuxJournal.


    Well, the excuse that you will be using: “It was my evil brother/twin”.

    Oh brother!

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 27, 2008 at 10:30 am


    I linked to it here specifically because Linux Journal said “Stay Tuned”, having shared this:

    “Today Maxthon only runs on Windows. However, I chatted with Maxthon’s CEO, Jeff Chen, who told me the following:

    “We have plans to move Maxthon to Linux. We know Linux is an open and powerful platform and we will not miss it. We have made it run on the Ubuntu system, via the help of Wine and ies4linux. We will continue to research until we can move Maxthon to Linux completely.

    “When asked whether Maxthon would be open source, Chen replied:

    “We are not sure about open source now since we’re just starting with Linux. But one thing for sure that we are very open to developers and end users. As we always do with Maxthon, contributions, ideas, and suggestions could go directly to our desktop.”

    The hope is that they’ll pull a Symbian/Reddit/Facebook even if the OSS licence is weak (Eclipse and CPAL). I wouldn’t hold my breath, which is why the link was there among just many others. Maxthon could put bits of work on other Web browsers too, esp. now that Mozilla works hard on gaining market share in China.

  7. Victor Soliz said,

    June 27, 2008 at 3:24 pm


    It looks you need to grow up ‘gggg’ nobody wants stupid childish trolls around us.

    Roy links to a rumor and it somehow means he is promoting maxthon, I am not sure how on earth this relates to this Linux.com blunder. Also read this:

    This is just something to watch out for. Maybe it’s an innocent mistake that won’t be repeated.

    Mr. ggg::
    1) Learn to read, this post from Roy was not criticism.
    2) A link is not promoting , it is just a link he even warned that it is a link about proprietary software.
    3) Before telling people to grow up, make sure you aren’t behaving like an eight years old.

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