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DevX.com: Linux vs. Windows: Choice vs. Usability

Aug 16, 2003, 02:30 (47 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by A. Russell Jones)

"During the recent LinuxWorld conference, Linux proponents loudly celebrated Linux' increasing importance in the world of software. It's true that Linux has made great strides in becoming a standard part of the computing landscape, but it has made far more inroads into the Unix space than into the Windows desktop space. Despite that, there's simply no doubt that the desktopâ€"and Microsoftâ€"are the current target of many open source software projects. These projects are conceived, executed, and extended to compete with Microsoft's desktop applications.

"They're making progress, too, particularly with early-adopters and in IT-mandated vertical application environments, but as these projects mature, they're going to have to compete head-on with their far better funded and user-tested Microsoft counterparts on average users' desktops. To compete successfully, Linux needs a standardized platform and robust installation mechanisms so that users can choose software on its merits, without worrying about whether the software they want works on their particular Linux flavor or GUI choice..."

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