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Geek.com: LinuxWorld Speakers, Novell Decry Desktop Linux Situation

Jan 28, 2004, 11:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J. Eric Smith)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"'It works 98 percent of the time. But it's the 2 percent of the time it doesn't that kills you.' Words from a corporate technician describing Windows? No, it's a comment voiced at LinuxWorld, the annual gathering of Linux adherents and prognosticators. The voice was none other than Jeremy White, president and leading Linux software developer at Minnesota-based Codeweavers. The audience was a group of Linux network administrators... and they nodded when he said it.

"As the recent purchaser of Ximian and SuSE Linux, Novell feels competent to speak out on desktop Linux, and it's done so through Jack Messman, CEO of Novell. 'Linux desktop need a little more work to be consistent,' says Messman. 'I don't know how much of that will come about this year.'

"The complaints voiced about the current Linux effort to unseat Windows are not uncommon. 'It's a big pile of lumber with no agreed-upon standards,' said White, focusing on the extreme diversity and variety of Linux as an impediment to software standardization. The larger Linux software vendors have often complained that a lack of standardization among distributions or even desktop interfaces has inhibited Linux's ability to penetrate the corporation..."

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