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Economist.com: Digital baroque

Mar 29, 2001, 21:22 (1 Talkback[s])

"This is what makes another new desktop system, released on March 19th, so interesting. Nautilus is a snazzy graphical desktop environment for Linux, the free operating system developed by programmers collaborating over the Internet. Eazel, the Silicon Valley firm behind the software, hopes to make Linux easier to use than the Mac OS or Windows, and thus to boost Linux's share of the desktop market above its current 1%. Eazel is giving away Nautilus, but hopes to make money by charging users for services such as online storage, regular backups and-cleverest of all-automated software upgrades."

"The idea is that when an update to a particular piece of software becomes available, Nautilus allows the user to download and install it with a single click. Security and bug fixes are thus installed quickly, and each upgrade is small and painless. This is a radically different approach to most software updates, which aggregate lots of fixes into infrequent, large and painful upgrades."

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