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ZDNet: Caldera CEO: Challenge of the desktop

Aug 18, 2001, 02:21 (11 Talkback[s])
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"We believe we can save 20 to 30 percent with Linux on the desktop, but there's a difference between running Microsoft on the desktop and how we see customers running Linux. We (see) people running Linux desktops managed by Volution, or running Windows on the desktop and accessing Linux through Tarantella.

But as the Internet becomes a more pervasive business model, Linux will become a thin client, or a customized client. We are moving away from monolithic clients to a desktop operating system that will be more customized to fit the business need.

The challenge of the desktop is evolving. The traditional monolithic desktop is not for Linux, but the evolving thin client desktop is ideal for it. Something like 80 to 90 percent of personal time is now spent in the browser, and as the Internet becomes predominant use of desktop, applications will follow. As the desktop becomes the browser, you will see Linux become the predominant platform on devices that connect to the Internet."

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