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Linux Answers (UK): Breakthrough - the desktop

Dec 19, 1999, 17:48 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Saunders)

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"The question has been popping up everywhere. From long-running Linux websites to financial sections in newspapers, people are starting to ask: "is Linux ready for the desktop?" Is it now a viable alternative to Windows and MacOS? Can Linux really cut away at Microsoft's massive domination of the home computer operating system?..."

"So, we've established that Linux has potential. But what about now - what about fulfilling the needs of desktop users today? Well, going back to the things people want, Linux already has much of them. Viruses aren't a fraction of the problem they are for Windows users. Networking is fully catered for. We have powerful office suites, like StarOffice, compatible with Microsoft products and making working from home easier,and we have the advantage of price."

"Is that enough? To be honest, not really. The major strengths that advocates have been stressing for years are generally of a technical nature - like being open source, for instance. While we all agree that the freedom offered by Linux is fantastic, it's not an issue likely to make Linux more appealing on the desktop. Desktop users want things to be easy and friendly. They want to pop a CD in the drive and have a new program without any effort. They don't want to learn complex commands and syntax to accomplish basic tasks."

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