WideOpenNews: Linux's Second Coming?Feb 29, 2000, 05:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A new report on the future of the PC market suggests that Linux could garner more play in the desktop market than anticipated...."
"If a recent report by research firm eTForecasts is accurate, however, the upstart OS may realize a larger cut of the PC market than industry pundits, and even some vendors, anticipated. In its "Worldwide PC Forecast," eTForecasts surmises that the anticipated surge in Internet appliances could spur PC sales in the next five years. The number of desktop PCs sold in 2005, it says, will almost double from 1999's 78.3 million units to 148.9 million."
"The growing number of Web appliances, according to the group, will be supplements to the PCs, rather than replacements, and will create a new set of needs for the PC. Increased software development for all these devices, according to the report, will be created on PCs, while many personal computers will act as servers, leveraging or delivering services to remote appliances. What this means, says the report, is that the "'Extended PC Era' is a much better term than the 'Post-PC Era.'"
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