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DesktopLinux: The Diffusion and Adoption of Desktop Linux in Government

Apr 27, 2006, 01:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David B. Rankin)

"Linux and the Open Source Software movement have affected worldwide computing--first in the data center and now moving in on the desktop. Even though Microsoft Windows is the de facto desktop and office automation standard worldwide, more and more countries and their governments are looking to desktop Linux as an alternative. The adoption and diffusion of desktop Linux is the U.S. has lagged behind other parts of the world; however, federal, state and local governments in the U.S. are adopting desktop Linux much more than in the private sector. If government adopts desktop Linux, it can have an escalating effect on adoption in the private sector. Industry experts predict that desktop Linux adoption in government in the U.S. will happen in two to five years..."

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