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ZDNet/Gartner: Myths of Linux on the Desktop

Apr 28, 2003, 19:00 (20 Talkback[s])

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"To read the promise of Linux in the popular press, one might believe that: it can be run on the oldest hardware; users will never need to upgrade, or, if they do, the license will be free; and everything will work without issue. Although Linux has many attributes that make it a fine operating system (OS), and it will be a viable option for certain types of users and enterprises, there are several areas of Linux's reputation on the desktop that we feel will be proved, over time, to be myths. Enterprises need to understand where reality ends and myth begins so they can make informed, justifiable decisions for its use on the desktop.

"This piece is not intended to be negative toward Linux on the desktop. The appropriateness of Linux for a population of users will have a lot to do with the incumbent environment, including the types of users and architectures of the applications in use. The issue we're addressing here is that there is a significant amount of hype that we believe may create unrealistic expectations. Enterprises need to understand what the real benefits will be and how to achieve them..."

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