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Information Week: Linux Faces Uphill Battle For The Desktop...

May 16, 2000, 16:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Waltner)

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"Tom Whittle, a systems administrator with Dayton-Phoenix Group Inc., a manufacturer of parts for locomotives, is a lot like many IT executives who've experienced the benefits of the Linux operating system: He loves its performance on his company's intranet server, but hates to think of the headaches that would haunt him if his company implemented Linux on its desktops."

"Whittle says training issues are one of the biggest concerns the Dayton, Ohio, company has about moving Linux to the desktop. To switch, Dayton-Phoenix would have to retrain its employees on a whole new set of applications. And the employees would likely resist the change all the way."

"That's more or less the bottom line when IT managers consider using Linux on the desktop: There's just not enough application support for the upstart operating system. Also, graphical user interfaces for Linux, while vastly improved over the last year, could still do with some polishing, experts say."

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