"Even if the recently unveiled GNOME Foundation's Linux-based
environment were highly functional and mature (it's not yet), IT
managers would still be looking at it quizzically, not fully
understanding the GPL license agreement and what it means to them.
Indeed, how IT folks come to terms with GPL will determine
whether we actually launch into the next phase of computing or
"It will take some time. It took three decades for you to
become used to paying for software, agreeing to licensing terms
embedded in print too small to be deciphered with a telescope.
It may have its problems, but it's the way we are used to doing
things. As such, it is not something that we will give up
"But let's say you can overcome the newness of the "free"
concept. What then? As several IT managers told eWeek reporters in
our coverage of LinuxWorld, they can't move to another platform at
any price until the user interface is substantially like that of
Windows. And there will be no reason to move until there are more
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