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NewsDay: Powerful Potential

Mar 25, 1999, 13:17 (10 Talkback[s])
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Newsday, 3/24/99, "Plugged In" Section, page C3.

"THE COMPUTER BUSINESS only gets stranger as we move into the 21st Century. Despite a few million man-years and a few billion corporate dollars spent developing proprietary computer operating systems, there's a chance that Linux, a cool hack by a lone programer and volunteer labor, could displace all this expensive stuff - including Microsoft Windows."

"You can scarcely avoid Linux in the computer trades. It is cool. It belongs to the People, not Bill Gates. Computer manufacturers are adopting it. It has potential to run on everything from toys to digital assistants to PCs and mainframes. It chops, slices and dices, and may even prevent premature baldness, if its biggest boosters are to be believed."

"The big obstacle to replacing Windows with Linux so far has been the absence of a decent freebie graphic shell. Another cooperative project called GNOME is expected to remedy this by creating a standard way of working with Linux."

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