November 12, 2003

Desktop Linux wins powerful supporters

Red Hat, IBM and an open-source consortium are each beginning serious work to advance Linux for use on desktop computers.

At the Desktop Linux Conference in Boston, Red Hat and IBM detailed their desktop Linux plans. And the Open Source Development Lab, which so far has
concentrated on Linux for the data storage and processing computers called servers, expects to launch a new group to concentrate on desktop needs
starting next year.

The three efforts pool the clout of three influential organisations in the Linux world, which could make the open-source operating system more of a
serious threat to Microsoft. Microsoft has acknowledged the Linux threat but argues that its new version of Windows will enable it to maintain its



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