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Infoworld: From Linux to XML, this formula predicts which technologies are winners

Feb 18, 1999, 07:53 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Linux (as a server). Main customers: Webmasters and underfunded system administrators. Benefit: Runs reliably and fast. Affordability: Free, or nearly so. Disruption: As a Web server or file-and-print server, it integrates invisibly into the network. Score: Perfect. Linux is a winner."

"Linux (on the desktop). Main customers: End-users. Benefit: Fast, less crash-prone PC. Affordability: Free except for the (not overwhelming but not trivial) time needed to learn it. Disruption: The office suites for Linux do not reliably read and write the Microsoft Office file formats. That is, there's a significant delay before the Linux suites catch up to each new Office release, and even then they're glitchy. Score: Iffy."

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