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Government Computer News: 2006: The Year of Desktop Linux?

Apr 08, 2006, 16:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan M. Menke)

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"Dell Inc. sells a lot of computers. Some even have Linux on them. But it won't do for its Linux users what it does for its Microsoft Windows customers--fully support them across a complete line of Dell PCs. That's because, according to Michael Dell himself, there are too many flavors of Linux out there. Which should the company support? If it gets behind Ubuntu, for instance, rabid Xandros fans might be up in arms.

"The law of unintended (or maybe intended?) consequences applies in spades to open-source operating systems. Open source drives innovation and choice, but too much choice drives enterprises back into the arms of what they know best--namely Windows..."

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