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Linux and Main: Twelve Steps to Desktop Dominance

Jul 24, 2002, 13:00 (73 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

"While I normally turn a cold shoulder to all those increasingly arcane ways of dividing people into two groups we keep inventing, there's one that I think holds the key to Linux's prospects for success on the mainstream desktop.

"The first group thinks Microsoft's virtual monopoly of the mainstream desktop is a Very Bad Thing For Everyone, and that the contender with the best chance of ending that monopoly and restoring genuine choice is Linux. This group also believes that Linux programmers can and should take on this very formidable task, regardless of what Linux or any part of it 'was originally meant to be'. I'm in this group, and I hope you are, too.

"The second group are all those who either want Microsoft's monopoly to endure or don't think Linux can compete in that toughest of all computer markets, the mainstream desktop, or they simply don't want to see the masses using Linux, since it would change their favorite OS or remove a "special" part of their identity, i.e. being able to master an OS that's too tough for the washed masses. If you're in this second group, please stop reading here and go take part in the latest food fight in a Linux newsgroup or on Slashdot..."

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