Express Computer India: Can LG India Extend Linux to the Desktop?
Nov 26, 2002, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"While Linux has always been hailed as a great operating system,
the popularity of Linux has been restricted to the enterprise
segment. On the desktop front, Linux is very poorly represented.
Maybe this is why large companies like IBM are aggressively pushing
the adoption of Linux in the server space, but not much activity
has taken place on the desktop front. Red Hat, the leader in Linux
distributions, has only recently ensured that Linux can prove a
serious challenge on the desktop, with Red Hat 8.
"So when LG Electronics India, a significant player in the PC
components business, recently announced that it was launching a
branded PC christened, 'MY PC,' with Linux as the OS, it caught a
lot of market players by surprise.
"Surprise, because till now Linux as an OS has not made a dent
in the desktop space because of the perception that the Linux OS is
primarily meant for geeks and is difficult to operate. So has LG
Electronics made a rash move by entering into a market whose time
has not come? Well not entirely, especially if you look at the
recent trends taking place in the Linux space..."