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Dec 02, 2009, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Brew)

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"What's – heck, why not? – the 'killer app' that's going to get the world excited about Linux?

"The best answer to these questions? There aren't any. There is no single feature to adorn the covers of magazines. There's no whizzbang gadget to turn the computing world on its head. Instead, the major appeal of Linux, for me anyway, is that it's content to be an operating system. It's got no ideas of grandeur. It doesn't want fame and fortune. Its name doesn't belong on billboards right across the planet, and neither is it going to be sponsoring anything major, getting name-checked by 'celebrities' or promoted as if it's the moment that the apple fell down on Sir Isaac Newton's head.

"Watching the carnival of publicity for both Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7, I can't help but think that the world has forgotten just what an operating system is for."

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