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CNET News.com: Dell: Linux too tech for the desktop

May 23, 2001, 20:07 (70 Talkback[s])

Numerous readers have sent this story in. Dell, which this article says is the number one manufacturer of PC's in the world (recently passing Compaq) has some executives on record as saying that while Linux is still very interesting as a server technology, there's little interest in Linux desktops outside a potential market in high-end engineering and graphics workstations.

We've had a few other news stories written around the notion that Linux as a desktop OS is a doomed proposition, but this one is interesting to us because though it can't resist mentioning Eazel, it at least gets some input from a major PC manufacturer instead of offering half-baked analysis based on pulling some headlines out of a hat.

""It's still a fundamentally technical operating system," said Steve Smith, Dell's European market development manager for client systems. "It's very easy for someone who doesn't know what they're doing to break. It's not designed for the novice user."

Microsoft's grip on the applications market, with Office, also shows no sign of weakening, Smith said."

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