The Wharton School: Linux: It's Growing More Popular, But Can It Do Windows?
Sep 30, 2002, 07:00 (21 Talkback[s])
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"Linux, the computer operating system developed in the 1990s by
a college student in Finland, is unlikely to dethrone Microsoft's
Windows as the ubiquitous operating system on desktop PCs anytime
soon. But Wharton faculty and a Linux supporter say that Linux will
gradually become more attractive to consumers as more applications
are developed for it.
"The real growth of Linux, though, is expected to take place
elsewhere, these people say. Linux will continue to strengthen its
position in its chief market--as an operating system for
servers--as it is embraced by an increasing number of companies and
government agencies who like Linux's features and low cost.
"In the consumer market even the Linux aficionados who make up
the so-called open-source software community say that Linux faces
at least three big hurdles: Most PC users know almost nothing about
Linux; Linux devotees do not make much effort to market the system;
and Windows is still easier to use..."