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InfoWorld: Users not ready to ditch desktop PC

Nov 20, 1999, 02:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Lisbeth D'Amico)

"Here at Comdex 99, non-PC devices are stealing the show, industry leaders are spouting off about the supremacy of Internet computing over clunky PCs, and Linus Torvalds and his open-source operating system, Linux, appear ready for primetime. On top of that, Microsoft is under pressure since a U.S. federal court recently ruled that it is indeed a monopoly...."

"Interest in the open-source operating system, Linux, is running as high as it ever has at this show. Microsoft's Windows, however, still is the clear front-runner for the desktop, according to one analyst at Comdex."

"I don't think on the desktop there is going to be a serious challenge to Windows any time soon," said Stephen Baker, senior hardware analyst at PC Data, a Reston, Va.-based market research company."

"Linux also fails to pose any serious threat to Microsoft's dominance on the desktop, as the open-source operating system vendor community is too fragmented, according to Baker."

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