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Federal Computer Week: Corel Linux poised to challenge desktop rivals

Nov 23, 1999, 20:47 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maggie Biggs)

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"It's obvious that Linux, the "operating system that could," is well suited for server-based tasks. In large agencies, Linux also is highly viable as a mid-tier platform, and it is equally qualified to tackle server functions at smaller agencies or in a departmental setting."

"But for all its reliability and strong adoption rate to date, Linux can afford to mature and grow in new directions. Among other things, Linux will need to gain additional power to successfully take on the tasks associated with back-end servers. Likewise, Linux needs some added usability features to increase its appeal to end users...."

"Corel has neatly solved a problem that has stymied the growth of Linux on the desktop - namely, installation. Corel Linux can be installed via bootable CD-ROM or floppy disk and then can be installed across the network. In testing all of those installation types, the desktop machine was up and running in less than 30 minutes. The process is simple and does not require adjusting graphics adapter settings or other geeky parameters."

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