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CNET: Moving Beyond Creative Cloning

Nov 16, 2002, 10:00 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Soegaard)

[Editor's Note: It may be worth noting that ZDNet's version of this same piece has a far more different headline: "Why Linux is a Desktop Dud," which several readers contributed Friday (and thank you for that).

Since I located this story on CNET Thursday on my own, I will be sticking to the original URL and headline. But the juxtaposition was certainly interesting. -BKP]

"Why isn't GNU/Linux taking the desktop market by storm? After all, when you make a feature comparison, Linux has a lot going for it.

"With Windows, the operating system is just a start; you must add applications to make it functional. Many Linux distributions provide a desktop look similar to Windows and include an extensive assortment of applications, programming tools and games.

"Installing Windows and sundry applications can take most of a day. Contrast that with Linux, where the process typically takes less than 60 minutes..."

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