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Fortune: The Dreyfuss Report: Some Promising Software for Linux

Apr 28, 1999, 12:28 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joel Dreyfuss)

"...Dell, the top retailer of PCs, announced recently that it would begin selling units equipped with the operating system. The deal helps Linux become a real contender for your desktop. Unless you have a penchant for punishment, you don't want to set up Linux yourself, especially when you can install Microsoft Windows with one click..."

"Even though Linux may never be a widely used desktop alternative, I can see why it generates such excitement. On a modestly powered 266MHz Pentium laptop with just 32MB of memory, Linux was frisky, even when several applications were running simultaneously. In several weeks of experimenting, I added and removed software and applications; I tinkered with set-up scripts and logons. I made plenty of mistakes, but no matter what I did, Linux never crashed. That kind of reliability is a shocking concept. Soon computer users might have the temerity to expect it. Now, that should worry Microsoft"

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