"...desktop Linux actually packs a few advantages, users say.
Unlike Windows, Linux's desktop and server versions are
identical... Running Linux on both the server and the desktop lets
users decide where things should run based on where they'll be most
efficient or where business needs dictate, says Mark Bolzern,
founder of Linuxmall.com and open source evangelist for Ebiz
Enterprises. "Open source means freedom," he says. "The computer
industry has been forever looking for this. With the same operating
system on both the server and desktop, users only have to learn one
operating system, one way of doing things."
"Others find this prognostication too pessimistic and argue that
the command-line interface issue isn't nearly as bad as some may
think. Besides, there are a number of graphical user interfaces
available for Linux that can melt normal users' resistance to
command-line interaction, Bolzern says. Once a system administrator
sets up a Linux GUI such as Gnome or KDE, the normal end user will
never need to deal with command lines. These Linux interfaces are
just as easy to use and have as much functionality as the Windows
and Macintosh views, Bolzern says."
"So the problem with Linux desktop adoption isn't the
interface, Bolzern argues, but the fact that few client
manufacturers preload Linux onto their systems and few vendors
release Linux versions of their desktop software. But that will
change with time. "Linux has already moved into the server
arena with great success," Bolzern says. "It's only a matter of
time before Linux gains enough momentum in the desktop marketplace
to compete with the Windows operating system."