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Desktop Faceoff: Fedora vs. Vista

Aug 16, 2007, 03:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Every few months, a pundit asks, 'Is Linux ready for the desktop?' The implication, of course, is that it hasn't been--at least, not until very recently. Yet those who actually use a GNU/Linux desktop know that the operating system has been ready for some years. Considering that much of the early design of desktops like KDE and GNOME were based on what was happening in Windows, that readiness is hardly surprising. In fact, development of the GNU/Linux desktop has reached the point today where it not only equals the Windows Vista desktop, but frequently surpasses it.

"Of course, Vista has an advantage: it comes already installed on most systems. By contrast, pre-installations of GNU/Linux, such as Dell's Ubuntu systems, are still rare. However, that is not a feature of the operating systems so much as a marketing coup. Anyone who has tried to install a copy of Windows from scratch will find it no easier than installing a GNU/Linux distribution..."

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