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The Age: Free and Oh, So Sweet

May 18, 2004, 19:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Wilson)

"Having won the respect of IT managers, Linux is spreading to the desktops of average users. Linux, the operating system built by volunteers, encompasses a world of free alternative software--browsers, word processors, spreadsheets, databases, presentation packages, task managers, and email clients, just to name a few. They come bundled for no cost with the free operating system, or can be downloaded individually.

"And although they have been available for several years, the increasing sophistication and ease of use, mimicking software from well-known brands, have prompted businesses keen to cut costs to look closer.

"But despite the low price, will users be free to work as they please...?"

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