Linux on desktops a threat to MS?

By Derek Sooman on December 5, 2002, 5:14 AM
OK, I know I've focussed a bit on this issue recently, what with my post here, but it just seems to get more and more interesting. For a long time there, it was like Microsoft was fearless, unstoppable, impenetrable....

But it just seems like more and more press is being released suggesting that Microsoft seems to really fear Linux in some capacity. Take this article for example, where Microsoft Chief Financial Officer John Connors said on Wednesday that a future threat from Linux on the desktop was something that would really hurt the company, and poses a significant threat.

"In terms of growing the company...It would be difficult if Linux were to become a phenomenon on the desktop," Connors said.

My own opinion, which I raved about here, is that there is a future possibility of Linux posing a significant threat to MS, at least on the server side. On the desktop, however, I still think that Linux has a LONG way to go. A LONG way. It could be done, but its gonna take a lot of work. There have been some good desktop offerings, especially from Ximian, in the form of their Ximian Gnome Desktop, and Redhat's latest offering, RedHat 8.0 has a desktop so disgustingly pretty and easy to use that its almost not like Linux any more, but I think that this sort of thing still has a long way to go....

What do you think? Post a comment here.

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