November 28, 2003

Linux breaks Windows' dominance on desktop

When the operating system on Matthew P. Frye's home computer crashed and died a year ago, he had two choices: spend hundreds of dollars to rebuild his
desktop using Microsoft programs, or try the less expensive alternative of switching to the Linux computer operating system.

Frye chose Linux.

It took Frye, a senior systems programmer at a hospital, three months and $39 to download Linux desktop applications to replace those he used in

Frye's experience is typical of Linux users who are switching from Microsoft, frustrated by viruses, poor software performance and costly upgrades.



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