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Why Linux Isn't Used More Widely on the Desktop

Published: 03 March 2006

ID: G00137656

Analyst(s): Mary I. Hubley, Cynthia Lubrano


The Linux operating system can run on corporate desktops, but there are few large-scale installations. We examine the technologies involved, outline the barriers to adoption and profile the most popular distributions.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • Compatibility Between Linux Distributions
    • Compatibility Between Linux and Windows Applications
    • Dueling Desktop Graphical User Environments
    • Technology Issues
  • Business Use
    • Alternative to Windows
    • Task-Specific Deployments
    • Regional Deployments
  • Benefits and Risks
    • Benefits
    • Risks
  • Technology Leaders
    • Debian
    • Gentoo
    • Linspire
    • Mandriva
    • Novell
    • Red Hat
    • Turbolinux
    • Xandros
  • Insight

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