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LinuxInsider: Sun Lights No Fires Under Linux

Feb 19, 2004, 10:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by P.J. Connolly)


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"The Linux desktop is almost ready for prime time. Almost, I said.

"That's no mean feat, considering the two big challenges it faces in the workplace. On one hand, enterprises have relied for years on the potential manageability of the Windows platform; on the other hand, many users equate slicker graphics with better performance. Unfortunately, pretty pictures aren't enough to convince IT that there's anything as manageable as a Windows desktop is; if that were the case, Apple would rule the desktop.

"Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS) 2003 has all the graphical chops expected in the current crop of Linux desktop environments, but it falls short on the sort of manageability features that are important in corporate settings. Granted, there are many things that expert users could accomplish with an SSH connection and shell scripts, but manageability is exactly the point on which Sun needs to hang its hat..."

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