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Express Computer India: Can LG India Extend Linux to the Desktop?

Nov 26, 2002, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Srikanth RP)

"While Linux has always been hailed as a great operating system, the popularity of Linux has been restricted to the enterprise segment. On the desktop front, Linux is very poorly represented. Maybe this is why large companies like IBM are aggressively pushing the adoption of Linux in the server space, but not much activity has taken place on the desktop front. Red Hat, the leader in Linux distributions, has only recently ensured that Linux can prove a serious challenge on the desktop, with Red Hat 8.

"So when LG Electronics India, a significant player in the PC components business, recently announced that it was launching a branded PC christened, 'MY PC,' with Linux as the OS, it caught a lot of market players by surprise.

"Surprise, because till now Linux as an OS has not made a dent in the desktop space because of the perception that the Linux OS is primarily meant for geeks and is difficult to operate. So has LG Electronics made a rash move by entering into a market whose time has not come? Well not entirely, especially if you look at the recent trends taking place in the Linux space..."

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