What now seems like eons ago--it was December 1997--I compared the costs of implementing a
Linux server versus a Windows NT server and found a wide difference in price without a significant
difference in functionality. Since then, obviously, Linux has made strong inroads in the middle-tier and
back-end server marketplace.
But what about Linux on the desktop? Many industry observers, pundits, and journalists have
speculated as to why businesses have not been adopting the cost-effective Linux platform on the
desktop. Opinions have ranged from the geekiness of the platform to a lack of commercial products."