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Smart Computing: Microsoft Alternative

Sep 29, 1999, 04:52 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marty Sems)

[ Thanks to Randy for this link. ]

"The idea is that Linux will be a free, stable, constantly evolving OS that can be as simple or as complex as the user wants. Developers around the world volunteer free tweaks and technical support at various Web sites. Windows converts can choose to install a graphical user interface (GUI) such as X Windows..."

"Most of the buzz surrounding Linux is about whether or not this wildly spreading strain of Unix can replace Windows as the dominant OS. Although versions of Linux may some day claim a broad enough share of the market to force Microsoft to shift its business model, many proponents say the whole point right now is choice, not dominance. They also claim Linux offers greater stability and efficiency than Windows, especially for server applications. Software vendors are presently rushing to port (translate) their popular applications to Linux, which lends the credibility the mainstream demands..."

"Star Division...proclaims, "Customers should only pay for what they get, and not finance expensive advertising campaigns." The company, which was recently acquired by Sun Microsytems...backs up this strong statement with StarOffice 5.1 for OS/2, Linux, SUN Solaris, and Win9x/NT. It's absolutely free and includes the StarOffice Writer word processor, StarOffice Calc spreadsheet, StarOffice Draw vector graphics program, StarOffice Base database, StarOffice Impress slide show presenter with animation, and StarOffice Schedule event planner."

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