LA Times: Linux gets past the front door

[ Thanks to Scott
for this link. ]

” But the plummeting prices of personal computers and the high
cost of Windows software have begun to make free Linux an
attractive idea.”

“Windows can add as much as $50 to the price of a computer–a
minor cost on a $2,000 machine but a significant amount for
sub-$500 PCs. In this era of free computers, programs and Internet
access, Microsoft has managed to hold the price of Windows
steady–and even increase its grip on the PC market…”

Linux is not at the point where we will see it in the home
yet, but it will get there,” said Sandra Steere Potter, research
director of Linux services at Aberdeen Group, a research and
consulting firm based in Boston. “In another 12 months we will have
a different picture.