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I still say it is ridculous Ben Langhinrichs 10.Dec.02 01:08 PM Lotus Notes Notes Client 6.0Linux - RedHat, Linux - SuSE
<<It's easier to work with a smart client than a dumb client? No surprise
there. But I said functionality, not development time.>>
So if we count development time out, I can do anything in the browser you can do in the client. Anything. It may take 3 billion dollars and twenty five years, but I can do it. The point it, so what? People want the Linux client to save money and have the ease of use they have now under Windows. Saying that it would be possible to build applications with 80% of the functionality (or 95% in 6.1) is totally missing the point. Sure, it could be done. It would cost a great deal more than staying on Windows. The question is better posed, could the functionality be replaced in a cost efficient way? I would say the answer is No. You seem to think the answer is Yes.
<<15.5% use the features. So 84.5% don't. What was my threshold number again?>>
You said 80% of the functionality. This is a simple discussion forum and already less 80% is available. And as for this being some technical bunch of people, the only things I checked with imported graphics and hotspots. You don't think that users should be able to import a graphic? No wonder you think a browser is enough.
Anyway, I am not going to get buried in this stupid argument. If you want to throw out development cost as an issue, there is no way to even argue it. People want Linux desktops to save money, and it seems a valid position that they could save money if IBM would come out with a Linux Notes client. I don't know how much that would cost IBM, nor whether they are interested, but in my extremely unhumble opinion, saying that the web client is enough is ridiculous. Of course, there is the minor proof in the pudding that companies are not flocking to Linux with web client apps. They still are not going to move until there is a Notes client (I know, if then).