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Groklaw: Is Linux Ready for the Desktop?

Mar 08, 2005, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Cherryh)

"We're often told by pundits that 'Linux is not ready for the desktop.' I've always found this statement a bit odd, because I've been using Linux on my desktop for about seven years now, so clearly it's ready for my personal desktop. In my opinion the software available for the Linux KDE and Gnome desktops broadly matches that available for other proprietary desktop environments.

"So I started thinking about desktop environments I've used in the past, to try and understand what the pundits thought might be missing from the Linux desktop. I cast my mind back to 1998 when I was working for a multinational insurance company who, along with many other small and large businesses around the world at that time, used Windows 3.11 as their desktop environment, and the pundits weren't complaining about that, so presumably Windows 3.11 was ready for the desktop..."

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