"The free Linux operating system handles big tasks like running
supercomputers and ATMs. Now Linux has a chance to finally crack
Microsoft's hold on computing's most visible domain--mainstream
PCs--because of the rise of innovative, inexpensive machines.
"Of course, prognosticators perennially say Linux is on the
verge. It gets high marks for security and stability and is widely
used behind the scenes in corporate servers, making it a natural
candidate to steal desktop thunder from Microsoft's dominant
Windows. And yet Linux PCs still represent less than 2% of the
"This time, though, there's actually evidence of
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