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Is Linux ready for the corporate desktop? [Computerworld]
Aug. 09, 2001

This guest editorial at Computerworld,com by Ximian chief technology officer and co-founder Miguel de Icaza begins by asking the question "Is Linux ready for the corporate desktop?" and concludes that, indeed, "Linux for the corporate desktop is ready for prime time." de Icaza writes . . .

"With the proven success of Linux-based servers for mission-critical business applications, many have asked when Linux on the corporate desktop will also take off. While Linux distributions and key server technologies such as Apache and Samba power up to a third of corporate Web, database and file servers, widespread adoption of Linux for end-user desktops at the expense of Microsoft Windows has seemed like the promise of a distant future."

"Until now."

"The penetration of Linux into corporate desktops has already begun as research and development departments, technology companies, retail powerhouses and even national governments turn to Linux and free software for its superiority as a development environment, its easier customization and its lower cost of ownership relative to Windows-based systems. To move beyond its current 2% market share (according to a figure published by IDC in March), though, the Linux desktop must be easier to use and offer the file compatibility and suite of productivity applications that users need while simplifying the management of constantly enhanced open-source software . . ."

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