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TempleOfTech: New editorial: Linux - a failure on the desktop?

Dec 09, 2000, 19:00 (43 Talkback[s])
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"...Linux is doing just fine in the embedded and server markets. The open source nature of Linux have made it very popular among device makers, since it makes it easy and cheap to adopt it to their device, instead of going through the process of getting support from one of the OS makers. In the server market, Linux is stronger than ever. The low cost combined with good performance has made it a real force in the server market. SGI, IBM and other server manufacturers have invested a lot of effort and money in making Linux a good OS for high-end servers. But even though Linux is a good server OS, it?s mostly the hardware companies, and not the software companies that make money on it."

"The mainstream have not adopted Linux as fast as many anticipated, and while there are many reasons for this, I think the principal reason for this is the open source nature of Linux. This might be hard for a lot of Linux fanatics to accept, but in my opinion, almost all the other problems stem from the fact that it is open source."

"The main problem regarding cracking the mainstream for Linux is the unfriendly nature of the OS itself. I think 99% will agree me with me when I say that this is a very important reason for the lack of mainstream adoption. While some distributions of Linux have become easier to use and install, it is still quite few steps behind Microsoft in that department. And I think the main reason it still is hard to use is the different needs the different distributions have. While Corel probably would like more work towards ease of use, there are other companies that are more concerned about the server qualities of the OS. This means progress is slow. Of course the different distributions can have various install scripts, and in general work towards better ease of use, but it is the same basic OS in all the different versions. This means there are limits to what can be done."

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