I haven't read the whole thread. But a few points:
The original poster wanted to know whether it Linux was popular enough to
justify releasing his software on the platform.
In answer to that: on the face of it Windows may look like a better bet, but
Windows may not be the better target platform, if there are already other
packages which fulfill the same role as your program will.
My other point is:
I am quite happy that Linux hasn't got a large share of the desktop market.
The advantages of using an "alternative" OS far out way the disadvantages, in
my case at least.
When Linux is used by a large % of desktop users, I will probably start using
Hurd or something (;)) rather than having to deal with the culture that will
come with high market share (shareware, viruses, spyware etc...).
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