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Anandtech: What's Holding Linux Back?

Oct 25, 2001, 16:53 (58 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Sullivan)

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"...I personally feel that Linux is very close to breaking through on the desktop side, provided some changes can be made. Corel made a pretty decent attempt at creating a migration path for Windows users not only by releasing their own modified Debian release, with a Windows-Friendly feel, but also by porting their Word Perfect and Corel Draw suites over to Linux. However, the movement has suffered a kick in the gut, thanks to a variety of factors, and now the community must forge ahead to make up the lost ground.

For those of us that have experience with Linux, we know of its growth and maturation. However, in order to see Linux continue to grow and even make inroads into the desktop environment, there are a number of things that will need to be done. The first things I would focus on are the things that trouble users on the PC side the most.

Linux needs to be more approachable for novices, and those who use Windows, since that is where much of the conversion will come from. If the community can get fully behind KDE 2.x and 3.x that will help. If the KDE or Samba groups can produce a consistent, super easy and nearly automatic dialog to configure and activate Samba file sharing with Windows networks, that will also help."

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