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The Register: So Why Has Linux Failed to Live Up to Expectations?

Jun 25, 2003, 19:00 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Tober)

"Paris held its first Linux Expo around five years ago and the hype then had Linux equalling or surpassing Windows on the desktop within five years, recalls Bruce Tober, who wrote about several of those Paris Expos. Linux is gaining significant ground, especially in the business world, but that early and optimistic prediction has clearly failed to bear fruit.

"So why has Linux failed to live up to the expectations of so many industry insiders, including Jacques Le Marois, co-founder of French Linux company MandrakeSoft...

"'Linux is facing a situation similar to that facing IBM's competitors in the 1970s and '80s,' Jim McQuillan, founder and project leader of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP), told The Register. 'Back then the iron-clad rule in business was the no one ever got fired for buying IBM. Today it's a case of no one ever gets the sack for buying Microsoft...'

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