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NewsForge: Linux: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Aug 20, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Ever wonder how the general public would cope with Linux on the desktop if they tried it? Here is one small data point suggesting that the delta in ease of use between the Linux desktop and the monopoly desktop is not that great. No, I'm not talking about the recently released usability study comparing the ease of use between Windows XP and Linux by relevantive in Germany. I'm talking about a public waiting room in a doctor's office in the UK.

"Two years ago, Dr. Adrian Midgley in the UK wrote to tell me that he was planning to install a PC running Linux with an Opera browser in his waiting room and make it available to his patients so they could surf the Internet while waiting for their appointments. He budgeted £500 for the project..."

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