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CNET News.com: Corel Linux and OS 9 Fight for Your Desktop

May 23, 2000, 22:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Becky Waring, Rex Baldazo)

"We know what you're thinking. You think we're crazy. Why on earth would CNET compare Linux to the Mac OS? They're totally different operating systems."

"You're right, of course. But here's the thing: although Linux is a tech-head outgrowth of Unix, and the Mac OS is a polished, artsy descendant of the very first consumer OS, they each own equal percentages of the consumer desktop market. Both compete--with marginal success--against the Windows empire, and they each have their own advantages."

"So, we recruited true believers from each camp and asked them to present their cases for the two operating systems. Rex Baldazo, a software engineer for CNET, championed Corel Linux, our favorite consumer distribution of the OS. Becky Waring, a former MacWeek editor, took up the flag for Mac OS 9, Apple's most recent consumer-only OS. Our combatants compared installation routines, interfaces, compatible applications and hardware, and Internet support. After five rounds of competition, we'll tell you which OS works best on the Net, which is easiest to use and install, and which ultimately deserves to run your computer."

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