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Study: Lack Of App Support Stunting Linux

Buyers want Linux versions of VPN clients, Adobe Systems' Photoshop and PageMaker, as well as Autodesk's AutoCAD and Intuit's Quicken financial software, according to an open-source organization's online survey.
"E-mail truly is the killer app, regardless of platform; that without a quality e-mail application, Linux on the desktop is not feasible," the report said.

The top five "must-be-supported" browser applications and plug-ins were Macromedia Flash and Shockwave, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, and Open Office.

"Ultimately, desktop Linux must provide support for all Web content, multimedia or otherwise," the OSDL said.

Of the top two reasons for deploying Linux on the desktop, employees requesting Linux was listed as number one, followed by the need to match competitors that have successfully deployed Linux.

The OSDL said it found the two top results "intriguing in that conventional wisdom suggests that Linux is initially adopted as a developer tool (user demand), but is generally not viewed as a competitive issue."

"We feel that this represents a unique cultural shift within organizations to stay aggressive in analyzing and deploying open-source software and to not be left behind," the OSDL said.

Rounding out the top five reasons for using desk Linux were total cost of ownership, reducing license costs, and security.

The OSDL, which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds, is a non-profit group dedicated to accelerating use of the OS in businesses. Founding members include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Computer Associates, and NEC.

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