October 11, 2004
Wal-Mart's Linux-based computer not so great
Linux has become a reliable operating system for many large corporations, but it isn't ready for prime time in the home. Companies like Linspire have made great strides in developing an easy-to-use Linux interface that's similar to Windows. But Windows is compatible with far more software programs and hardware devices. Major softwaremakers including Microsoft (Office), Intuit (TurboTax), Symantec (Norton Internet Security) and Adobe (Acrobat) still don't offer Linux versions. Likewise, setup software that comes with printers, cameras and other devices is usually either for Windows or Macintosh, but not Linux.