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ZDNET UK: Linux on the desktop after all?

Mar 07, 2000, 19:18 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"Linux is ready to fulfil the requirements of most desktop users, according to the chief technical officer of SuSE Linux and founder member of the XFree86 organisation, Dirk Hondel."

"The comments follow widespread reports that Hondel's boss, SuSE chief executive Roland Dyroff, has said the opposite, claiming that Linux still isn't ready for desktop use. Hondel, keen to clear up the mess, explained to ZDNet in an exclusive Eye2Eye interview -- to be published next week -- that Dyroff's statement had been misconstrued...."

"Hondel explained that while Linux on the desktop is viable, there remains work to be done before the dream of mass market acceptance is a reality. "Linux is well equipped for the desktop marketplace," says Hondel. "It's just that there are areas in this market where Linux still has more to add and more to learn. Linux today is very much capable of filling the requirements of most desktop users. The main thing here is that Linux is a very good choice for technically interested users. If you're talking about grandma and granddaddy using a computer, then you have to ask, is it the right choice?"

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