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Wrestling with the Monopoly

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for
this link. ]

For nearly two decades every desktop in every office, of every
programmer, secretary, manager or filing clerk has had a full-blown
office ‘productivity’ suite, usually running on Windows. However,
the desktop revolution during the 1980s and 1990s, and the mass
adoption of DOS and Windows, had little to do with the virtues of
the system itself. In those early years DOS and Windows were never
more than ‘good enough.’ But ‘good enough’ was all that was
required and the rise of commodity hardware made the package
relatively inexpensive. What the desktop PC offered the user was
affordability and greater control of his or her working
environment. Curiously these merits are commonly ascribed to
Linux.

“By common assent the Linux desktop is ‘ready.’ The Linux
desktop is ‘good enough’ and is getting better with each
release…”


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