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eWeek: Assessing Linux's progress on the desktop

Feb 08, 2001, 20:42 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)

"Judging from the time I spent with Ximian and Eazel, two of the major players working to making GNOME the great free hope of desktop computing, Linux is now approaching the status of just good enough."

"I had the chance to spend some time with Ximian CTO and GNOME luminary Miguel de Icaza, who took me through Ximian Setup Tools, a set of interfaces for configuring network, user, time, and memory settings across the various Linux, Unix and BSD platforms for which Ximian GNOME provides a desktop environment."

"There's nothing Earth-shaking or particularly exciting in any of this, but this is the sort of consistency in performing basic configuration tasks that Linux has sorely lacked, and that has retarded its wider adoption...."

"Desktop Linux may never rival Windows in terms of out-of-the-box polish--Microsoft will always be hard at work producing new features to differentiate its OS, and vastly outspending the competition in the process. However, once the open source OS can smooth its edges just well enough to deliver a reasonably accessible and configurable computing experience, Linux's price advantages should assure it a solid place in the desktop market."

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