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Linux.com: Linux on the Desktop

Oct 23, 1999, 17:38 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

"Is Linux ready to hack it on the desktop? This is a question that seems to be drawing a lot of focus lately. Everyone in the Information Systems world knows what Linux is, and how it has recently been making waves as an affordable, stable, and reliable server side operating system. This is very true. Linux however has always been viewed as a "geek's" operating system requiring a high level of technical understanding. This however is very untrue thanks to the ongoing development effort of several popular projects."

"Linux gets its high level of stability from its Unix background. Linux is based on the Unix operating system, which had been under non-stop development and improvement for quite literally decades now. This constant development has produced what is arguably the most stable operating system in the world today. Unfortunately, this foundation upon Unix has also brought to Linux a very high level of complexity. This complexity has, in the past, not been hidden from the user which is extremely intimidating for the uninitiated. Recently however, numerous Open Source projects have taken aim at this very issue."

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