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Wrestling with the Monopoly

Oct 12, 2007, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

For nearly two decades every desktop in every office, of every programmer, secretary, manager or filing clerk has had a full-blown office 'productivity' suite, usually running on Windows. However, the desktop revolution during the 1980s and 1990s, and the mass adoption of DOS and Windows, had little to do with the virtues of the system itself. In those early years DOS and Windows were never more than 'good enough.' But 'good enough' was all that was required and the rise of commodity hardware made the package relatively inexpensive. What the desktop PC offered the user was affordability and greater control of his or her working environment. Curiously these merits are commonly ascribed to Linux.

"By common assent the Linux desktop is 'ready.' The Linux desktop is 'good enough' and is getting better with each release..."

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