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OSOpinion: The Linux Desktop Needs To Be Easier

Dec 14, 2002, 01:00 (55 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"Clearly, Linux has the potential to devour the desktop market. It is dirt cheap in comparison to Windows. And that's not counting those pricey Windows upgrades that are called for on a regular basis (ouch!).

"With Linux, you can install the OS on all your machines without feeling like a fugitive. And if you're lucky enough to have a geeky friend, he or she can get underneath the hood and modify your software, customizing it for your needs (try doing that with Microsoft).

"Perhaps the biggest advantage of the Linux desktop is that many Linux packages are fully equipped with not only an OS, but also a full suite of programs. For example, the Lindows 3.0 release bundles the core OS with access to a library of free software..."

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