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32BitsOnline: It's the Games, stupid!

Nov 06, 1999, 01:33 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dustin Puryear)

"Linux is one of the most powerful forces shaping the computing world today. It provides the foundation for numerous firewalls, mail servers, switches, and even a few thin clients. Yet, even as the operating system's popularity as a server begins to wax, one must wonder how successful it will be in the crucial desktop market."

"To survive as a general-purpose desktop platform, a system must provide the applications expected by the consumer, not just the services necessary for business. These applications must work well, be affordable, and provide a consistent interface. Fortunately, Linux offers a number of powerful tools that satisfy these requirements...."

"Fortunately, things change. Even though Windows and the Macintosh lead in commercial investment, Linux has an incredible level of grass roots support and increasing commercial backing. In fact, if one were to consider the number of amateur game programmers working alongside commercial game houses, the ratio of developers to users would be astronomical."

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