CRN: Linux's Desktop Dilemma
Sep 06, 2001, 09:33 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)
[ Thanks to Paul
Eggert for this link. ]
"It hasn't been a banner year for Linux on the desktop.
But the open-source community isn't conceding the fight."
"...Microsoft, which rules the productivity software market with
its venerable Office suite, is dismissive of StarOffice's
prospects. Asked if StarOffice could make headway against Microsoft
Office, a Microsoft insider said, 'That ain't going to
"...Richard Warren, chief strategy officer at Internosis, an
Arlington, Va.-based integrator, says he heard of one recent
instance where a customer talking to a Microsoft sales rep was
considering a switch from a Windows version of Office to a Linux
version of StarOffice. '[But] I don't really know if it was
sincere, a negotiation stance or the enterprise equivalent of a
poke in the eye with a sharp stick,' Warren says."