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ZDNet: Linux desktop: Closer than you think

Aug 13, 1999, 17:57 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa M. Bowman)

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"Developers expect groundswell of demand after smoothing out lingering interface issues. ...a handful of companies are placing big bets on desktop Linux taking off.

Even Linus Torvalds sees huge potential (though he says so with his trademark smirk, so it's hard to tell whether he's kidding)."

"...members of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) -- a non-profit group that promotes shared software -- have ambitious plans for Gnome, a user-interface project that's designed to make Linux more accessible."

"Gnome is in a battle with the K Desktop Environment, or KDE, another graphical user interface designed to make Unix-like operating systems easier to use -- though each side is quick to downplay the rivalry."

"And then there are the big-name companies looking at Linux desktop. At the show, Corel... showed off its Linux distribution, due in September, and promised a new Linux-compatible version of WordPerfect for Office early next year. Others, such as Dell Computer Corp. ... had already said they would ship Linux on some desktop computers."

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