"Q: In a study released late January, [the analyst firm]
Meta Group revealed that participants most often mentioned the cost
factor as the main argument Linux has going for it. If this
argument really holds true in real-world applications, it is
subject to frequent and heavy debate. Meta claims that the purchase
of a Linux version for use in a professional environment can cost
as much as Windows 2000 or UNIX. Cost advantages were most
noticeable when compared to UNIX systems not running on Intel PCs
but on Risc systems, such as Sun's SPARC or IBM's PowerPC. What
chance does Linux have on desktops in general?
"A: Red Hat has an excellent chance to compete
on future desktops. We see an evolution away from the fat client to
the thin client, to where functionality is delivered on an
as-needed basis, where that functionality can be fulfilled through
a browser, and to where security and manageability are a priority
for the user and administrator..."