And while Linux is doing well on the server front, there are still doubts over it as a desktop OS for the time being, with many challenges ahead if the OS is ever to compete with Windows properly for the desktop market.
Linux is a difficult choice on the desktop because good development tools are lacking, said Joe Hartman, an application development manager at HydroChem Industrial Services Inc. in Deer Park, Texas. "We use a lot of homegrown software that would have to be rewritten to go with Linux on the desktop," he said.
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