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The Register: Dell fumbles open source desktop gambit

Dec 01, 2000, 15:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

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"...this carefully leaked, desperately optimistic newscrumb did its business duty. We confidently predict that the more gullible wires will be awash with Dell-endorsing-Linux stories, pegged on the double hook of: Dell straying from its role as Wintel distie; and Linux getting get a massive leg-up into the living rooms of Mid-West America."

"Call us cynical, but the choice of GNOME/Nautilus is what you'd expect if you dragged a trainee PR intern off the street, and threatened to hit them with a rock until they came up with two leading open source names. This really is strategy dictated by short-haul in-flight magazines. Err... GNOME! And err... the one that old Mac guy does...!"

"GNOME, much as we love it, is trailing the dominant Linux desktop KDE by several months, and several distros of mindshare. And Nautilus has failed to grok that Mozilla is rapidly becoming the scriptable desktop environment most of us want to live in. ... Some might still hope that this is a tactical firework across the bow of Wintel. Dream on, folks."

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