Opinion: Desktop Linux is ready for the mainstream

Posted by Sander_Marechal on Mar 8, 2009 4:27 PM EDT
ComputerWorld; By Galen Gruman
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It's been a decade since Linux proponents first argued their OS was ready for mainstream adoption. Yet for all intents and purposes, Linux remains nonexistent on "regular" people's desks. Sure, developers and other tech experts use Linux, but that's about it. So when my colleague Neil McAllister, author of InfoWorld's Fatal Exception blog, made the case for desktop Linux, I snorted, "Give me a break! Desktop Linux is nowhere." He challenged me to try it myself. He had a point: It had been a decade since I fired up any desktop Linux distro. So I accepted his challenge. My verdict: Desktop Linux is a great choice for many regular Joes with basic computer needs. And not just on netbooks.

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Still d@mns with faint praise tracyanne 11 798 Mar 9, 2009 11:28 AM

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