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E-Commerce Times: Memo to Linux: Beware the Desktop Quagmire

Nov 22, 2003, 03:00 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Keith Regan)

"It's a simple equation, really: Personal computer desktop equals Microsoft. It's probably not fair, and it may even be that the synonymous status represents the ill-gotten gains of a monopolistic company. But it's as close to hard, fast truth as you can get. Ninety-seven percent of the population can't be wrong.

"Or can they? Linux backers think so, because as part of their let's-change-the-world campaign, they've taken dead aim at the desktop. Pull up a chair and get ready for some fun--but don't bet anything other than house money on a Linux desktop for the long run.

"This is a war the Linux camp may want to wage for strategic reasons, but it's also one it can't win..."

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