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osOpinion: AOL's shot across the bow

Apr 07, 2000, 05:31 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Gallot)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"They could try targeting the computer-savvy. Let AOL have the unwashed masses and take the toy-happy geeks. The geeks might actually realize that if the Linux WebPad is running Mozzilla, there's probably an X Window server between the kernel and the browser. And if there's an X Window server, then you can run X window clients on a real computer to display on the WebPad. Almost all X-window based software could run on a powerful server sitting in a closet and be used interactively from the WebPad from anywhere in the house."

"AOL users aren't ready for that sort of power. And frankly, X-Window software isn't ready for them. Software written for use with a keyboard and a 3-button mouse will probably be barely useable on an X terminal that has neither. There will be plenty of itches to be scratched as Linux users discover that their favorite programs are barely useable on their new favorite toy."

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