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ZDNet: Want Linux on your desktop? Nine reasons to forget about it

Jun 12, 2001, 15:30 (155 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Coursey)

[ Thanks to Bo Rosen for this link. ]

There are two streams running in parallel in this column: one is that "many Linux zealots make fools of themselves," and that it's with no small amount of bravery that the columnist in question faces down the "Linux cult."

The other stream is considerably more muddied, but it involves TCO, Java, fragmentation, the embedded market, and a handful of other things.

So we're inclined to ask of our readers: is the "dead desktop" meme tapped out? Is there anything more we could possibly link to that would say anything that hasn't been said? Did we go one step too far bothering with this one?

"Linux will never become common as a desktop operating system, and no amount of believing will change that. It only makes adherents look stupid. Why? Because Linux is too complex, and there isn't enough money to make it worth someone's time to build a really great environment for desktop apps. And then software companies would need to build applications, but how large a market is there? Yes, chicken-and-egg, but that stops many things, not just desktop Linux."

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