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Computing Canada: The Much-Awaited Breakthrough Year for the Open Source Desktop May Never Come

Jun 05, 2006, 22:45 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"Ever since I became involved in open source in the mid-'90s, every year has been proclaimed the year of Linux (or something like that) by some clever commentators or analysts. History is already proving such predictions wrong, as there has never been a single year in which open source software made some magical leap from obscurity to the IT mainstream. Of course there were significant milestones, such as when Linux caught the attention of Microsoft and IBM for very different reasons. But there isn't any year that can be offered as a definitive breakout.

"The prediction cycle has started again, this time on the issue of the Linux desktop. When is the breakout year...?"

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