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The Path To Linux Desktop Domination Is Through The Clouds

Mar 10, 2009, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Krishnan Subramanian)

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"With the advent of Cloud Computing and the promise of SaaS, Netbooks are gaining foothold in the consumer markets and brought in more and more people to the Linux fold. In spite of all these developments, Linux Desktop domination is still a pipe dream like we had more than a decade ago. I don't want to get into the debate of whether the idea of a desktop is still relevant in this SaaS era or not. Even though the number of devices with which we access our software and data has increased many-fold with SaaS, desktops (well, in its newer cousins like laptops and netbooks) are still a major part of our digital lifestyle. With the need for powerful devices decreasing in this Cloud era and with the huge proliferation of netbooks, people are starting to see a life beyond Microsoft Windows. This offers a huge opportunity for Linux to gain a dominant "desktop" market share."

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