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ComputerWorld: Interface problems hold back Linux, users say

Nov 15, 2000, 20:54 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hall)

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"Oddsmakers in this town probably aren't betting against Linux, but the operating system's users and vendors both believe that its old-style command-line interface makes it a long shot for moving beyond its current niche as an Internet infrastructure building block."

"At his keynote address yesterday at the Linux Business Expo Conference, one of the special programs held here at Comdex/Fall 2000, Miguel de Icaza, president of Helix Code Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., said Linux is plagued with user interface problems that make it difficult for both end users and systems administrators. For example, just loading packaged applications is a complicated endeavor."

"Raymond Chambers, a systems administrator at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, agreed. "The [user interface] in the different distributions is certainly an issue," he said. "But you have to balance between standards and innovation," Chambers added."

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