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PC Week: Linux's [desktop] trickledown effect

Aug 24, 1999, 18:42 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Du Bois)

"Vendors, eyeing growing customer demand, deploy OS on the desktop

OEMs are moving forward with plans to support Linux on forthcoming PC and notebook lines, even though they acknowledge demand for the open-source operating system is small but growing."

"At the same time, a growing number of Linux distributions of and desktop applications for the operating system are pouring out from vendors such as Caldera Systems Inc., Corel Corp., Red Hat Software Inc., SuSE Inc. and TurboLinux Inc."

"...hardware makers say they are still taking a wait-and-see approach to widely promoting and supporting Linux on all their PC lines. 'It's not a push strategy but a pull strategy,' said Will Townsend, manager of platform marketing for Compaq's Deskpro line of business desktop PCs, in Houston."

"Despite this cautious approach, current users of Linux on PCs are seeing changes in the industry that indicate a groundswell of support for the operating system."

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