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Burst of Low-End Pcs Could Boost Linux

Apr 02, 2008, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Bergstein)

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"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 market.

"This time, though, there's actually evidence of momentum..."

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