"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
"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
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