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LinuxPower: The Future of the Linux Desktop

Mar 23, 1999, 10:01 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Abhijeet Chavan)

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"These are exciting times for Linux. Linux has gained major supporters in recent months with many of the giants in the computing industry making announcements involving the once-rebel operating system (OS). Linux has its critics but has proven itself to be a robust server OS and is being compared with more expensive proprietary OSes. The next debate now is whether or not Linux is ready for the 'desktop'."

"Most computer users feel strongly about their GUI desktop environment and given the flexibility, they will modify it to suit their personal taste, needs, and work habits. Some prefer applications and documents accessible via icons strewn on the desktop. Others like an uncluttered desktop with everything arranged in neat folders. Some prefer a dark, unobtrusive background color. Others love psychedelic swirling patterns."

"Consider the Windows GUI desktop environment - this is the interface that a majority of the world's computer users use to interact with their computers. For me, the Windows desktop experience, while providing useful desktop functionality and customization is also a source of constant irritation. It is not Windows the OS which is at fault - it is the applications that run on it. Lately, I feel it has reached a stage where these irritations are not minor; misbehaving applications on the Windows desktop reduce my efficiency and weaken my control over my desktop environment."

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