LinuxPower: Commentary: Linux on the Desktop

“Does Linux have a future as a PC desktop OS? I won’t try to
predict the future, but I will observe that there has been a
near-miraculous confluence of events that are not hurting Linux’s

“Microsoft itself has probably been Linux’s single greatest (if
unwitting) benefactor. The DOJ trial, and Microsoft’s
credibility-diminishing performance therein; NT’s continuing
pattern of late, buggy releases (ditto Windows 9x); the growth of
the internet as an information and data resource: all of these
factors have coupled nicely with the well-timed emergence of