LinuxJournal: Linux on the Desktop--an Impossible Dream?May 31, 2001, 18:25 (35 Talkback[s])
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Linux Journal weighs in on the dead desktop debate, examining the comments of the Dell executive who maintained that Linux is "too technical" for widespread acceptance. The author identifies the existence of two major desktop environments as a "fork" but goes on to say that Microsoft will likely contribute to Linux's gradual acceptance almost as much as any gains made within Linux itself.
"...On the surface, it's hard to deny Smith's point. Linux can be very challenging for novice users. The desktop environment is far from complete--and what's potentially more damaging is KDE versus GNOME fork, which has created two competing desktop environments that aren't completely compatible. And then there's the surfeit of applications.
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