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LinuxToday.com.au: This Time Next Year....

Nov 28, 2000, 07:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

[ Thanks to renai43 for this link. ]

"Conventional wisdom says that Linux still isn't quite ready for prime time. Yet I reckon that magic moment is drawing closer by the day. Much closer. Judging by my recent experiences, I'd say that by this time next year Linux will rival Microsoft Windows as a viable mainstream desktop operating system."

"I'm not just talking about Linux as an OS for elite users. There's nothing to stop PC vendors selling pre-configured Linux systems to absolute beginners. In fact, I believe someone could make a fortune from flogging nicely configured, properly set up Linux boxes to maiden aunts and techno-leery types who need to get online."

"So, what's the bottom line? I'm going to stick my head out with a bold prediction here. It certainly depends on a number of things falling into place -- which may not happen. But, if KDE and Gnome development continues at its current pace, and if Apple manages to deliver on its Mac OS X promises and if Microsoft doesn't get let off its antitrust hook too easily, then some bright consumer computer makers will figure out a way to package and sell attractive low-cost Linux-based PCs. Critical mass will follow and by Christmas 2001 Santa Claus will be delivering significant numbers of Linux-based systems."

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