"The ultimate test of open source will doubtless lie in
its ability to become more user-friendly and to capture the
desktop. But this will be an uphill struggle. Today Microsoft has a
95-percent monopoly of the PC operating system market, a 96-percent
share of the office applications suite business, and an 88-percent
share of the browser market.
On the positive side, there are new GUI-like desktop
environments available for Linux PCs, including KDE and GNOME. And
Microsoft's competitors are working hard to provide open source
alternatives to mainstream applications, such as StarOffice, Sun's
open source competitor to Microsoft Office. There are also Linux
versions of both the Netscape browser and WordPerfect.
Currently,though, these tend still to lack the sophistication and
professional look and feel of Microsoft products.
That said, there are signs that the continuing arrogance of
Microsoft -- along with its voracious appetite for ever-greater
profits -- is increasingly driving users into the arms of the open
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