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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Office doc compatibility
by ian on Wed 18th Sep 2002 10:54 UTC

I have a question for the thread here:

Is it enough to make an OS that is as "clueless-friendly" as Windows is,

OR:

Does it have to read Microsoft Office documents as well?

I think this is the biggest hurdle for Linux to overcome, and it's not a technical question at all. Why exactly did we all buy computers again?

And... Why not pay Microsoft for creating the Office suite? There are some great programs in there. If everyone's PowerPoint presentations disappered tomorrow the Dow would drop a thousand points next week.

Is a metamorphosis of "what Linux is" possible? Bringing it from the personal hobbyist level to the corporate machine?

What will Linux be in ten years, when ten years ago Microsoft was putting together Windows 3.1 or something?