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Computer Bits: Linux/etc: Conquering the desktop

Nov 11, 1999, 00:13 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Heinlein)

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"Linux has reached a different plateau. It's become the good-enough network-services operating system. Its NFS implementation is most definitely not state-of-the-art. Its math libraries lag woefully behind those of DEC Unix. Its multi-processor support pales in comparison to Solaris. However, few of us care. It's stable. It's good enough to run Apache, Samba, GNU utilities, and all the other network services needed by small businesses and small-ish departments in big businesses. Plus, it runs on hardware we've all got lying around in closets...."

"At the same time, open-source developers are working to make Linux a contender in the desktop arena. To do so, it'll have to show itself to be good-enough in those seven key areas where Windows has successfully muddled through:

  • Price...
  • Speed...
  • Stability...
  • Availability...
  • Ease of use...
  • Hardware support...
  • Breadth of software titles..."

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