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I recognize Linux has a strong presence on the server side. It's its inability to gain ground on the desktop that's at issue. Perhaps Ubuntu will change the equation, especially since Dell is offering several systems with the OS pre-installed, but I doubt it. Dell has too much invested in moving Windows machines for Linux to be anything but an interesting sideline.
One seldom-mentioned dynamic of the Windows-versus-Linux landscape is that it belies the accepted wisdom that everything in the business world devolves to a cost-benefit analysis. Clearly (Microsoft doesn't agree, but take my word for it), Linux and OpenOffice.org make for a cheaper desktop than do Windows and Office.
The fact that few businesses, and hardly any major corporations, have gone totally open source means there's more at work here than simply dollars and cents. My take is that conformity plays a large, but rarely discussed, role in commerce. In this regard, Microsoft, like IBM in an earlier era, is simply the way to go.
You'll note I refer to Linux supporters as "fanboys." It's not meant pejoratively. Rather, my intent is to use what I consider a fair, descriptive term for overenthusiastic and myopic techies who brook no disagreement with their views.
So, while they can call me names, I don't think they'll be able to rebut my argument on its merits. What do you think? Have I presented an airtight case that Linux is doomed on the desktop?
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SpiralFrog Offers Free Music -- For A Price
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Linux And Hand-Me-Down Computing
My father recently retired a 1-Ghz AMD computer with 1 Gbyte of RAM that he'd built from mail-ordered parts. He'd dropped the cash for a new Dell with Vista, which he likes quite a lot (no grousing, please, it happens), and let me have the old machine. My first move: Wipe it clean, install Linux, and prepare it for an exercise in "hand-me-down computing."
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