Sun's StarOffice and its megaphone marketing of it against MS Office but we also know that getting a SuSE Linux desktop software package and having it
run your scanner, your tape drive, your printer and any other peripheral whose operation you take for granted in Microsoft's plug-and-play USB world,
is pure fantasy, fit only for the most rabid Linux geek with a wardrobe full of anoraks.
This might be about to change. The Open Systems Development Lab, ODSL, the Linux community's development centre, has set up a 10-person desktop task
force to define the way forward to an OSDL-blessed Linux-based desktop. Make no mistake. The whipped remnants of previous desktop wars want to strike
Linux vendors are cock-a-hoop with confidence. Linux server revenues grew 62 percent in 2002 while overall server sales fell 8 per cent, according to
Gartner Dataquest. It thinks Linux may account 15 per cent of server sales in 2007. OSDL members see Linux booming and the possibility of Microsoft's
server O/S sales growth being slowed and then stopped.