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..."