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ITBusiness.ca: Linux Desktops in the Real World

Apr 17, 2004, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Every IT trade show needs a theme, and it's usually not the one advertised in the brochure. It's reflected either in the kinds of products in the exhibit hall or the buzz you hear in the conference tracks. Comdex Fall 1998, for example, was all about biometric security devices. By 2002, it was the year of the tablet PC. This year's Real World Linux show in Toronto confirmed open source on the desktop as the industry's latest Holy Grail, and boy, are the hopes high.

"Part of the excitement can be explained by the need to chart Linux's progress. Its success in Web servers and databases has hardly plateaued, but further growth may be more incremental than what we've come to expect..."

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