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Jun 19, 2003, 23:30 (37 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft's new Licensing 6.0 scheme may drive Windows NT shops away from proprietary systems and make them at least consider Linux and open-source software, but several industry analysts contacted by warn that the transition won't be easy.

"'These are very different skill sets,' said Tony Iams, vice president and research director for Port Chester, N.Y.-based D.H. Brown Associates Inc. 'Once you find out [Linux] is basically Unix--that it's managed and run like Unix--if you're a Windows guy and you don't like Unix, you're not going to like Linux. It's not the same [as Windows]."

"Iams points out that Linux, like Unix, was not designed for user friendliness.

"'It's command line driven and script driven,' Iams said. 'User friendliness is not the No. 1 design point with Unix and Linux. With Windows, you get GUIs and Windows to help you along. You're starting to see some of that with Linux but, at the end of the day, it's all about command lines...'"

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