"The idea is that Linux will be a free, stable, constantly
evolving OS that can be as simple or as complex as the user wants.
Developers around the world volunteer free tweaks and technical
support at various Web sites. Windows converts can choose to
install a graphical user interface (GUI) such as X Windows..."
"Most of the buzz surrounding Linux is about whether or not this
wildly spreading strain of Unix can replace Windows as the dominant
OS. Although versions of Linux may some day claim a broad
enough share of the market to force Microsoft to shift its business
model, many proponents say the whole point right now is choice, not
dominance. They also claim Linux offers greater stability and
efficiency than Windows, especially for server applications.
Software vendors are presently rushing to port (translate) their
popular applications to Linux, which lends the credibility the
"Star Division...proclaims, "Customers should only pay for what
they get, and not finance expensive advertising campaigns." The
company, which was recently acquired by Sun Microsytems...backs up
this strong statement with StarOffice 5.1 for OS/2, Linux, SUN
Solaris, and Win9x/NT. It's absolutely free and includes the
StarOffice Writer word processor, StarOffice Calc spreadsheet,
StarOffice Draw vector graphics program, StarOffice Base database,
StarOffice Impress slide show presenter with animation, and
StarOffice Schedule event planner."
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