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|29th December 2007, 23:33||#1|
2008: Linux’s year on the desktop
According to a blog published on ZDNet, 2008 could be the year Linux has been patiently waiting for the past few years.
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I am continually surprised how many people thing programs like Mozilla Firefox and OpenOffice are alternative products written and promoted by Microsoft.
|30th December 2007, 01:39||#2|
in my humble opinion linux can become very popular on those sub $300 notebooks, but only for doing basic tasks like surfing, chatting, organizing, reading documents or watching a movie.
However, I don't think linux will take over the 'more demanding' desktop market, too many applications aren't available on linux (and if it's available or an alternative is available) it never offers the qualities (speed, compatibility, document-interchangeability, support) as the windows version. Microsoft Office is probably the best example, I know there is OpenOffice.org, but most of the documents that you'll receive from a company are made with Microsoft Office and the OoO import filters are far from perfect. It also works the other way, you have to be able to send proper formated Microsoft Office documents to a company.
oh, and btw, Open Source = free for non-commercial use, most linux fans tend to forget that (including me).
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