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OSNews: Opinion: Why Linux Isn't Ready for the Desktop

Jul 28, 2004, 01:45 (41 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ernesto Garbarino)

"First of all, we should agree on what the definition of 'ready for the desktop' stands for. For some of us it refers to a graphical user interface in which applications have icons and can be launched in an intuitive manner without the need of complex commands. Even a Commodore 64 running Geos could be 'ready for the desktop' by this definition, but the fact is that when we read 'ready for the desktop' we understand 'ready to replace Microsoft Windows.'

"But this definition alone is not enough, most of the people and the mass media understands that replacing Windows is just not about booting something different than the Microsoft's operating system, it refers to some conceptions such as commercial support, document compatibility, availability of office tools and other mainstream applications..."

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