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Information Today: The Open Source Movement - Does this software provide a viable alternative?

Oct 06, 2001, 23:31 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Poynder)
"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 source 'movement.'"

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