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TechNewsWorld: Why Linux May Never Be a True Desktop OS

Apr 24, 2006, 17:30 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)

"This week I'm speaking at the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego on why the PC OEMs don't, and probably never will, fully support Linux on the desktop. This is somewhat of a deja vu for me since a decade ago my team made a similar presentation at IBM on OS/2 and why it wouldn't beat Windows in its time. For the purpose of this piece I'm using the word 'Linux' as an open source OS catch-all so I don't have to call out every distribution or variant.

"Now, as it was then, the core of the argument wasn't the technology, the strength of Microsoft, or anything, really, outside IBM's control. The reason was that IBM would simply not do what was necessary to take the market away from Microsoft..."

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