"Moreover, companies think with their checkbooks, and the
economic benefits of a Linux-based desktop system are not as easily
or as immediately felt as the benefits of a Linux server. It's
little wonder that desktop usage of Linux has lagged considerably
behind server deployments.
"Fortunately, the prospects for Linux on the desktop are
changing. Increasingly draconian licensing agreements, expensive
software, and security nightmares are pushing users toward Linux.
It also doesn't hurt that Linux has become highly respected, with
IBM, Oracle, and HP (among others) building significant businesses
on the shoulders of Tux. Most importantly, sophisticated desktop
software is now available for Linux.
"KDE, the K Desktop Environment, version 3 (http://www.kde.org)
is a cutting-edge desktop platform that's useful for both the
average and sophisticated user. It's easy to use, robust, and full
of features. Yes, it has cool icons, menus, and whiz-bang graphics.
But, it also has a set of core features--namely, central
configuration and resource sharing--that make it ideal for office
use. If you want to switch your entire office--from server farm to
front desk--to open source, KDE's common desktop features can
bootstrap your effort..."