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DesktopLinux.com: My Desktop Odyssey Update

Apr 05, 2003, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael C. Barnes)

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"I received many comments regarding my previous article on desktop solutions. Many readers believe that my article was too favorable to Microsoft Windows XP compared to the available GNU/Linux desktops. Some believe that I understated the security advantages of GNU/Linux while others simply felt that I was applying a bias towards Microsoft XP over GNU/Linux.

"The purpose of my comparisons is for organizations looking to adapt a solution for their enterprise. The conclusions might not be as appropriate for individuals or hobbyists. The fundamental answer that I am trying to find is whether or not there are real alternatives for the x86 desktop other than Microsoft Windows.

"I tried to show that users have a choice of running Open Source applications on Microsoft Windows or they can run commercial software on GNU/Linux. The most expensive solution would be to run all commercial software on Microsoft Windows, but considerable savings could be achieved by integrating a few Open Source solutions to the desktop..."

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