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Linux.com: The "War" For The Desktop

Apr 14, 2000, 15:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Bos)

"In what is usually meant by the term "integration" by the end user, Linux fails miserably. All those disparate configuration files, all those different interfaces, all the strange and wonderful tiny little programs that make up a Linux distribution often seem a messy, kludgey mishmash of different things. Understanding how it all hangs together is something that takes a lot of time and poking around."

"Another kind of integration, however, is one that Linux, in its development cycle as an operating system, "snuck in the back door" at companies to get various tasks done. As something that people play around with in their spare time, it has proven to be more important."

"The latest, and largest, niche that that some people and companies are emphatically targeting in the typical distributed effort, is none other than the home and corporate desktop. Here are some of the projects designed to fit Linux in to the home desktop:

  • Users are demanding that OEMs preinstall Linux for business reasons. This is the single greatest barrier to entry. ...
  • Ease of Installation. Many Linux distributors are working on this problem...
  • Availability of Applications. Only recently has Linux gained the desktop market share that it needs to attract the attention of large software companies to the point where almost every large software company pays at least lip service to Linux...
  • Ease of Use. There is a huge amount of effort being done in many different corners to create integrated, consistent graphical environments for Linux..."
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