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Kate and Okular on the Windows Store, and software portability

One of the most recurring themes among users and content creators in the Linux world is the portability of native Windows software to the Penguin system. Today we will approach the same subject, but to the contrary.

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The text editor Kate, and the document reader Okular, both from the KDE project, were made available on the Windows Store. Respectively on September 12 and September 20 of this year (2019). Great news for people who like software but prefer or need to use Windows.

Often a person uses an operating system, not because they like the system itself, but because they need to use tools that are available only to that single system. This really turns out to be a problem as it takes away or makes it very difficult to choose.

Often, when Windows or MacOS software does not have a Linux version, there is other equivalent software available natively on the Penguin system. But in a case where one relies on that proprietary software, available only on one platform to work, produce and make a living, it really is very complicated to replace it with another equivalent, and have to relearn how to do the same work in a way. different.

Even more complicated when this change needs to be done in a company, not just one person, but several. Of course, this kind of change is possible, so much so that it has already been made many times by many people, companies and even public agencies. However, while a change of this level is made, it is very common for the production of the company or the person adapting to that new tool to fall. As we all know, drop in production means loss. Therefore, when practicing such a change, it is up to those responsible to decide if the pros will be greater than the cons.

that is why sizes like Kate and Okular They are very important for the user to really have a freedom of choice. Imagine how nice it would be if a person could choose which operating system to use without having to worry about tool compatibility. Basing your choice only on the systems themselves.

We Linux users often address the issue of portability from other platforms we use. Which is perfectly normal, since we are aiming at the growth of the systems we use. But we don't always discuss about porting our software to other platforms.

In my opinion, freedom, and best for everyone, would be if we could use the computer for leisure, or do our work using whatever tool we want, on the system we want. But that is probably just an utopian thought on my part.

And you, what do you think about all this? Should we keep our software compatible only with Linux? Or do you agree that the more multiplatform software there is, regardless of your source system, the better for everyone? Tell us your opinion in the comments.

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