November 11, 2003

Linux backers step up challenge to Windows

Linux is a rising star in the geeky, back office of computing. Its gains have come as an operating system for the data-serving computers that run
corporate PC networks and serve up Web pages. On the desktop, Microsoft's Windows, which is perceived by many as easier to use, still reigns supreme.
But IBM and the Open Source Development Lab, whose membership includes Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Intel, are beginning a drive to promote Linux as an
alternative to Windows on the desktop.

One indication of their more aggressive approach came on Monday when an IBM executive, Samuel Docknevich, delivered a speech at a technology
conference near Boston titled "The Time is Now for Linux on the Desktop."



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