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DesktopLinux.com: Perceptions: Is Linux a Suitable Desktop Platform?

Mar 01, 2003, 08:30 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Terpstra)

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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 isn't it?

"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..."

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