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LA Times: Linux May Be the Friendliest OS of Them All

Aug 21, 2000, 15:18 (4 Talkback[s])


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"...Unlike Windows or the Mac, Linux is "open source," created and tested by thousands of volunteers. It invites experimentation that is impossible for a single company. Linux is also free, offering an escape from commercial feature-itis. And because Linux is at the genesis of its interface-design period, it need not be a slave to backward compatibility."

"That combination offers hope that Linux will take genuinely new directions. It had better. A mere copy of the Mac or Windows interface would ensure its failure; to win over typical users, Linux has to be far better."

"Eazel's Nautilus--the graphical interface for Gnome, (http://www.gnome.org) a project that is building user-friendly, Linux-based software--shows some promise along these lines."

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