The Demise of Desktop Linux?

Lora Bentley

Last week, OSDL announced it would be refocusing its efforts from advancing the adoption of Linux across the enterprise to providing more legal support for open source users and developers dealing with the myriad of licensing and patent issues that continue to crop up.


Though statements from the organization weren't clear as to which projects would be terminated, which would be scaled back and which would continue, we ran across a story that makes us wonder where the OSDL's desktop Linux initiative will fall once the restructuring is complete.


According to 75 percent of those participating in's CIO Jury user group, Linux on the desktop will never be a viable alternative to Microsoft, simply because the business case for making the switch to Linux "doesn't stand up." One executive says that the savings on licensing costs and the reduced security risks that Linux affords don't outweigh the costs of training users and support staff on the new OS.

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Dec 27, 2006 9:35 AM Richard Chapman Richard Chapman  says:
You're right, Linux "doesn't stand up".  It doesn't have to.  It will be the last one standing. Reply
Dec 29, 2006 12:44 PM chaweng chitsomboon chaweng chitsomboon  says:
In our company, the Thai Life Insurance, we've been using Linux as an OS of 3,000 desktops in 250 branch offices all over the country for 3 years. The desktops linked to 300 Linux servers via ADSL network. Linux does not stand up in only some place doesn't mean in everywhere. Try it, you'll love it.  Reply
Dec 30, 2006 12:27 PM Rex Ballard Rex Ballard  says:
Don't write off the desktop yet.  Keep in mind that Virtualization, Live CDs, and multicore processors as well as 64 bit processors have made Linux on the desktop far more attractive, especially as the host operating system. This doesn't mean that Windows goes away completely.  Windows can run as a Xen client, a VMWare Client, or users can use Crossover or Win4Lin to legally run most Windows applications on Linux. Many Linux servers are providing what we traditionally think of as desktop systems. In addition, virtualization can make it easy to run Linux as a client on a Windows system, though you do sacrifice security and performance when you do so. Reply

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