PCWorld: Is Linux on the Desktop Inevitable?
Feb 11, 2003, 08:30 (20 Talkback[s])
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"The widespread use of Linux on the desktop hasn't caught on so
far. But don't count it out quite yet: A new group, the Linux
Desktop Consortium, is being formed by a growing number of Linux
and application vendors to promote the use of the open-source
operating system on corporate and home desktops.
"Others have tried the concept before, including Dell Computer,
which several years ago offered several desktop computer models
with Red Hat Linux preinstalled. It didn't catch on, though, and
Dell dropped the preconfigured machines because demand was
"But a lot has changed in recent years, including the addition
of more robust, enterprise-ready features in the latest versions of
the operating system, as well as a wider range of business
applications. More expensive licensing for Microsoft's dominant
Windows operating system and applications has also caused many
companies to at least look at alternatives, adding an opportunity
for Linux vendors to gain sales..."
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