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[News] GNU/Linux Suitable for Homes Years Ago

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One computers' Linux experience

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| I suppose , in answer to the question "When will Linux be ready for the user 
| desktop?" 
| It was ready almost two years ago in this house. Children use it daily, as 
| well as computer phobic wives and memory challenged mad computer geniuses. 
| (The 'genius' part is up for speculation.)  



Why doesn't everyone just run Linux?

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| Linux rocks; if you have a netbook, a GPS, a portable media player or any of
| a number of gadgets chances are it's running Linux under the hood. That's
| because Linux is reliable, it's versatile, it's robust and it has no
| licensing fees. So why isn't it mainstream in the desktop world?


Why Vista is not ready for Linux and Mac users

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| I’ve started my simulated migration from Linux to Vista already, starting my
| dog food challenge two days early, I will go over my findings so far,
| sometimes making the assumptions a new Windows user would, and mostly from
| the perspective of a Linux “switcher”, with a dose of sarcasm.


It's time to retire "ready for the desktop"

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| Quite a few reviews of new Linux releases these days try to determine if a
| distribution is "ready for the desktop." I myself have probably been guilty
| of using that phrase, but I think it's time we officially retire this
| criterion.


Linux is ready, but consumers are not

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| Haff said a window of opportunity for Linux ironically may lie in the demise
| of the desktop OS. "If you believe in the emergence of cloud computing, then
| the whole concept of running applications on the desktop starts to go away.
| This may well mean that Linux gets more interesting for client devices
| because now native applications do not matter so much," he said.    
| Colin Sng, a systems engineer in a Singapore-based firm, who uses Windows,
| Mac and Linux OSes for work and at home, said the technology is ready, but
| obstacles lie mostly with the consumer.  



Windows rapidly approaching desktop usability

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| Don't Lose This Product Key!
| Video blanking hassles
| Windows XP networking: Not for amateurs
| Shocked by additional software costs
| Where Windows XP shines
| Hope for the future


Linux ready for the desktop

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| McLaren said the cost of security alone in the standard desktop, is at
| least "50 percent to double" that of Linux.
| He believes the primary inhibitors to large-scale Linux desktop adoption
| are Windows applications, especially Excel macros, and a perception of
| a large training cost associated with the move.
| "There will always be a migration cost for any large project, but this
| will be dramatically lowered over time," he said. "You need take a
| long-term view and realize security and admin costs will be lowered. We're
| not saying everything should be moved over at once."
| McLaren cited car rental company Europcar as having "success" by moving
| call centre people and branch office systems to Red Hat's desktop.

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