October 22, 2003

Linux on the desktop: On the way, slowly

The adoption of Linux on the desktop is progressing, but there won't be a "David and Goliath" single blow that suddenly slays the dominance of
Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, Linux advocates said at an enterprise Linux conference Wednesday.

Instead, Linux vendors and others advocating Linux on the desktop should pick their battles, they said.

Nat Friedman, vice president of research and development for the Ximian division of Novell Inc., said he often gets questions from desktop users, such
as "When will Linux be ready for the desktop?" But those are the wrong questions, because for many desktop users, Linux is already ready, said
Friedman, a developer of the Gnome Linux desktop.

The media has portrayed the Linux versus Microsoft desktop fight as David versus Goliath, but unlike the Bible story, Linux won't fell the software

Link: infoworld.com

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