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Byte.com: Win 9x vs. Linux For User PC

Sep 27, 1999, 16:03 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Udell)

"Half the work you describe, starting from a decent distribution [of Linux], will yield a custom-fitted, bullet-proof workstation that will endure without a guard behind each user's back..."

"These discussions sound awfully familiar to anyone who lived through the OS/2 years. Ultimately then, as now, everyone is right. It's true most people could do most of what they really need to do in OS/2 or Linux. It's also true that for most users, the stability of the OS matters less than the availability and familiarity of the apps that run on it..."

"I like the idea of the 1000-machine challenge. Pick a noted expert installer/deployer of both Windows and Linux, lay down 1,000 clients on a LAN, and track the reliability of the resulting fleet for one year. That would be a fascinating experiment!"

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