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IT-Director: Linux out and about

Sep 20, 1999, 17:44 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux has been having a good run as a server system, but progress as a desktop system has been more hesitant. Developments this week suggest that this is changing. We now have the first Linux laptop and Sun's Star Office is shining forth."

"IBM has pipped other laptop vendors to the post by announcing that the ThinkPad 600 has become the first laptop computer certified to run Red Hat Linux. Laptops have always created problems through the software drivers needed for their more specialised components. Dell announced last month that it plans to put Linux on its Inspiron range, but availability is only promised by the end of the year..."

"Another essential is an office suite. Star Office has been popular on Linux for some time, but it has received a further boost from its new owner, Sun. Star Office used to be free for personal use, but business users had to pay. Sun has decided to make the suite free to all, banking on improved server sales to see a return."

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