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Network World: Will Linux be a hit or miss on the corporate desktop?

Mar 27, 2000, 21:19 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"A recent survey by Survey.com gives more hope for Linux desktops. According to the survey of 1,640 enterprise network managers, open source operating systems are used on 10% of desktops, with the number jumping to a surprising 23% of enterprise desktops by 2002."

"Despite the mix of numbers being thrown around, two important factors that will determine the success of Linux as an enterprise client desktop are: a standardized, easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) and available applications."

"One company that is working to make Linux more user friendly is Palo Alto Eazel, which is designing a next-generation file management system and user interface to run on top of the Linux kernel. According to Eazel's Web site, the company's goal is to bring Linux to the masses and "do it in a way that appeals to today's Linux users and to mere mortals.""

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