Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Sep 2002 02:30 UTC
Oracle and SUN These days, the big players in the Linux "purely-desktop market" are Lycoris, Lindows, ELX and the much awaited Xandros Desktop 1.0. OSNews got their hands to the latest version of Xandros (beta3b) and we are giving it a whirl. Read more for information and screenshots.
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I disagree, i beg to differ
by Anonymous on Wed 18th Sep 2002 07:22 UTC

I think for Linux to topple windows, it must take into account the investment in training and familiarity in the current windows infrastructure. the training costs are large.

one way to lower the transaction costs of a platform switch, would be to make a Linux GUI function as identical to windows, 98 or XP, as possible, down to the last details.

So much so that troubleshooting for someone who can do so with windows should be able to do so with "winux".

it would also have some irony, in that m$ copied apple, so linux is now copying m$.

linux can overtake windows if

(a) explicit costs are lower, marginal and TCO
(a2) implicit costs are lower, costs in transition, retraining, deployment etc. which can be realized as:
(b) if the GUI is identical with windows
(c) comparable office apps are file-format compatible with MS OFFICE format.