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InfoWorld: Economic Drivers for Linux on the Desktop

Jan 26, 2006, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I have repeatedly read and been told that desktop Linux has no economic driver from the vendor perspective. That is, Linux-oriented software companies such as Red Hat and Novell don't see much potential revenue from the desktop and therefore aren't putting forth the amount effort needed. The same has been said about ISVs like Adobe--that the market share is too small and porting apps to Linux would be too expensive.

"This morning, while lamenting the second Windows spyware incident in a week, I came to the realization that this vision of desktop Linux as a goodwill effort is wrong..."

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