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EnterpriseLinuxToday: One For All, and All For One? Linux in the Enterprise Space

Mar 14, 2001, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"So are you seeing any filtering down of Linux starting to appear on workstations? I guess the resistance to that being the time demand in training the Windows- and Mac-literate to become Linux-literate. "

"MA: "I think the migration onto the desktop will happen. A computer is essentially a tool, and the thing that makes it run, that makes it usable, is the software. Today, there is an incredible amount of applications are appearing on Linux, and the environment is actually very similar to Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, so people who are generally computer literate and understand icons, menus etc. don't have huge difficulties in migrating over. The vast majority of desktop users basically do the same things over and over again, day in day out. "

"Also, KDE is one example of a desktop environment that is quite well developed and constantly being improved, and is simple to use. [...] So I think the migration question is very much going to be driven by the applications, but the more difficult aspect is from the systems level. You have a thousand Windows machines on your enterprise - how do you change them all over night to Linux? Do you even want to change them all over at once or partially? That, I think, is the more difficult part. But, the use of Linux on the desktop is increasing substantially - the server market is by far the strongest, but all these additional applications and tools and GUI applications are helping to drive the desktop market."

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