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Mad Penguin: Server or Desktop: Can Linux Companies Make it Work?

Nov 08, 2006, 23:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

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"Lately, I've found myself troubled with the changes taking place with Xandros. As many of you probably know by now, Xandros has gone through a reorganization that meant that they had to layoff roughly five employees. What's even more disturbing is that they are looking at letting go of their support for the desktop market and focusing on the server realm instead. Granted they'll still support their open circulation desktop to some extent, but the fact remains that I'm seeing a possible trend brewing within the Linux Desktop market that has me a little shaken up.

"For companies like Mandriva, Red Hat and Canonical, making sure that servers are the primary focus is becoming key source of funds. Red Hat has already made this transaction happen with much success as Fedora Core is now their free community supported desktop offering, as the company went on to further support income generation in the ever-expanding server market. But the real question--is this a beneficial move for the desktop user...?"

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