"Conventional wisdom says that Linux still isn't quite ready for
prime time. Yet I reckon that magic moment is drawing closer by the
day. Much closer. Judging by my recent experiences, I'd say that by
this time next year Linux will rival Microsoft Windows as a viable
mainstream desktop operating system."
"I'm not just talking about Linux as an OS for elite users.
There's nothing to stop PC vendors selling pre-configured Linux
systems to absolute beginners. In fact, I believe someone could
make a fortune from flogging nicely configured, properly set up
Linux boxes to maiden aunts and techno-leery types who need to get
"So, what's the bottom line? I'm going to stick my head out with
a bold prediction here. It certainly depends on a number of things
falling into place -- which may not happen. But, if KDE and Gnome
development continues at its current pace, and if Apple manages to
deliver on its Mac OS X promises and if Microsoft doesn't get let
off its antitrust hook too easily, then some bright consumer
computer makers will figure out a way to package and sell
attractive low-cost Linux-based PCs. Critical mass will follow and
by Christmas 2001 Santa Claus will be delivering significant
numbers of Linux-based systems."
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