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Computerworld: Demanding a Better Desktop Alternative

Dec 16, 2003, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau, Carol Sliwa)


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"The Linux desktop is a different story. In the U.S. market, vendors see more opportunities for Linux in call centers, point-of-sale systems and technical workstations than for replacing so-called knowledge worker systems used for office productivity and business functions. But that's not to say IT shops aren't examining Linux alternatives on the desktop.

"In particular, many IT managers say they're keeping a close watch on Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarOffice productivity suite. The Mayo Clinic, for instance, has 10 machines loaded with StarOffice and OpenOffice, a free open-source office suite, as part of a study of Linux and thin clients. Ken Bobis, chief technical officer at the clinic's Scottsdale, Ariz., location, said he knows those office products work. 'Clearly, we may have pockets where we want to deploy them,' he said..."

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Sidebar: Early Adopter Stands Firm on Linux Desktop

"Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. couldn't turn to any of its retail peers for advice five years ago when it began deploying Linux-based desktops..."

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Sidebar: Overseas Users Pioneer Desktop Linux

"Sun Microsystems Inc. today is expected to announce the sale of 10,000 seats of its StarOffice productivity suite to United India Insurance Co. in Chennai. It's Sun's largest StarOffice contract to date..."

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