"Given its dramatic momentum, Linux seems all but certain to
play a role in corporate life. Despite its high profile, however,
Linux remains a minority OS, and it's still not clear just what
will have to happen before Linux becomes a corporate mainstay."
"Some observers predict that Linux will have to become a popular
corporate desktop system before it can truly begin to hit its
stride. Others suggest that Linux may succeed just as well by
proving itself outside the corporate environment entirely,
demonstrating its stability in such alternative uses as kiosks and
"Either way, there's still a good distance to travel before
Linux becomes a completely mainstream OS, observers say. "Linux has
a lot of momentum and a lot of support," says Laurent Meynier,
chief executive officer and co-founder of San Francisco-based open
source consulting firm Olliance. "But a lot of people are seeing
Linux as one of their platforms rather than betting on Linux as a
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