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Business 2.0: Darwin, Linux, and Radiation [embedded applications are the future of Linux]

Oct 23, 2000, 17:14 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clay Shirky)

"In the aftermath of LinuxWorld, the open source conference that took place in San Jose, Calif., in August, we're now being treated with press releases announcing Linux as Almost Ready for the Desktop."

"It is not."

"Even if Linux were to achieve double-digit penetration among the world's PC users, it would be little more than an also-ran desktop OS. For Linux, the real action is elsewhere. If you want to understand why Linux is the most important operating system in the world, ignore the posturing about Linux on the desktop, and pay attention to the fact that IBM has just ported Linux to a wristwatch, because that is the kind of news that illustrates Linux's real strengths."

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