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Linux Journal: Which Major PC Vendor Will Sell Desktop Linux First?

Jan 04, 2003, 05:30 (27 Talkback[s])
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"So... When will it happen here in the U.S.? Is 2003 the year we see big-name hardware companies selling Linux as aggressively as they sell Windows--by which I mean Linux PCs show up in stores and on the front pages of Web sites?

"Paul Saffo famously said we overestimate in the short term and underestimate in the long. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say the long term is mostly behind us. (How many years have we been waiting for LOTD [Linux on the Desktop] to take off?) Somebody is going to break the ice this year. My own instinct says it'll be IBM, mostly because there must be serious demand for LOTD (as well as improvised solutions with it) inside the company. You can't have that many engineers walking around with Linuxified ThinkPads and not get around to selling them at some point..."

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