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News24 (South Africa): Linux takes on Microsoft

Apr 13, 2000, 22:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gerry Pieterse)

"Linux-based systems, including Corel's bundled Debain Linux OS, are selling well in all our stores. The fact that Corel has turned Linux into a user-friendly, easy to install system and priced at about half the cost of the Microsoft equivalent has made it a highly desirable product for price-conscious consumers. The fact that files are also fully compatible with the Microsoft OS and that the two operating systems can co-exist on the same hard drive makes it even more appealing," says Rabinowitz."

"Dave Hirsch, merchandising executive for Incredible Connection, says Linux systems are selling "on a par" with their Microsoft equivalents: "We sell both the Red Hat operating system and the Corel Linux Debain bundle and, between the two, they are matching sales of Windows 98...."

"A great advantage of Linux is that it is an open system, and support is available at a large number of sites on the Internet. There is also an active user group that spans most of southern Africa where user-to-user support is free. In addition, Corel has established a call centre at its Johannesburg office where skilled operators will field particularly vexing questions from novice users."

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