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DesktopLinux: SCO Evangelist John Terpstra on Windows Pains

Oct 16, 2002, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Malcolm Dean)

"John Terpstra's business card simply says, 'Evangelist', which is rather like describing Mark Twain as a novelist. It gives you no sense of the wit, wisdom, and extent of the contribution. Terpstra is a co-founder of the Samba project, an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS (read Windows) clients. After a soured relationship with TurboLinux, Terpstra joined Caldera/SCO, where he now concentrates on community development.

"DesktopLinux: In August, you gave a seminar at GeoForum on using SCO products to replace Microsoft Back Office.

"John Terpstra: Back Office is the branding that Microsoft put behind the branch office and departmental office back-end server, what some today call the edge server. It's not a desktop initiative. Obviously, we're very interested in seeing Microsoft Windows being replaced by Linux throughout. The key thing that drives the desktop is the availability of core applications, and if we want to replace the desktop OS, then we need to have those core applications available in the replacement..."

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