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August 13, 2006

SUSE Linux is spreading on the desktop as Red Hat spins up for desktop competition

by @ 10:44 am. Filed under General SUSE, Linux News, My Opinion, SUSE News

It’s a beautiful thing when a seasoned enterprise Linux distribution feels it needs to compete in the desktop market. This means that they see a generous amount of interest from the consumer base. You see, I think they see the same thing that I see. And Novell sees. This is the fact that, although it is not perfect right now, Linux is only going to develop and mature from where it is now. More and more people are interested in using it, and that interest will only continue to grow. Notice that I did not say that this is the year that Linux overthrows the Microsoft monopoly and takes the market.

Many people use M$ OSes. However, the vast majority of them are basically “follow the herd” users. They use Windows because that’s what everyone else uses and that’s what they have always used, and that’s what they know. All they need is an introduction to Linux on the desktop and be shown around a little and they’ll be plenty content using a Linux desktop. I’ve seen it happen. One such user has been on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 for a little over a month, now. He has found it to be quite a pleasant experience. I’m sure it is (and can be) the same with many more people.

Spreading Linux will take a little time, but will accelerate with the continued development and maturation of Linux as a desktop operating system. Linux is not going anywhere. It is just going to get better and more widely used from here. Red Hat and Novell are already making it happen. M$ has already seen its peak of dominance.

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