DesktopLinux.com: Perceptions: Is Linux a Suitable Desktop Platform?
Mar 01, 2003, 08:30 (17 Talkback[s])
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"Reality often interrupts an otherwise perfect impression of
life. This article started out as a simple exercise to collect
background information for a presentation at a conference. The
design and intent were simple enough, but my findings came as a
rather rude challenge to return to present consciousness.
"My presentation was titled, '10 Reasons you CAN use Linux on
the business desktop,' surely this was an easy subject to address.
Anyone who is familiar with Linux could complete a simple argument
to prove the point. Think about it, Linux is a truly viable
alternative tool compared with Microsoft Windows. After all, what
is MS Windows other than just an operating system platform? Add in
a few office automation tools, a web browser, an email client, and
bingo! Proof positive, Linux can replace MS Windows. Right? Simple
"Wait, wait, I hear a call, 'What about this and that?' So to
put the critics to bed, let's collect a little information from
source published on the Internet. Surely one could expect to find a
solid discussion somewhere that analyses user needs and wants. That
examines buyer behaviour and that recognizes the task challenges
that common people use their computers for. Oops, I did not mean
that you dear reader are 'common,' no injury intended..."