"At this week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo at the San Jose
McEnery Convention Center, Linux executives and analysts will
preach that the open source operating system is still alive and
kicking, even if the hype is settling down."
"With a clumsy user interface and few applications for the
desktop, Linux is fighting an uphill battle to get onto the
personal computers in homes and offices, analysts say. And
with investor patience running thin, the biggest challenge is for
the companies that sprouted up around the free operating system to
start making money."
"The most optimistic Linux proponents see the software as one
day displacing Microsoft from its perch on PCs and low-end servers.
Enthusiastic investors sent stocks of Linux-related companies to
the stratosphere last year. Then the reality set in: the open
source model makes it difficult for Linux companies to make money
off the software, even as it is rising in popularity among
technicians at Fortune 500 firms."
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