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Stony Stevenson writes: In this opinion piece on itnews, former Linux Journal editor Nicholas Petreley, argues that the open-source operating system will break through big time on the client side, especially if pre-installs increase and the KDE graphical environment is adopted. He counts the global push for open standards, the prohibitive costs of upgrades for new Windows machines and the "free-ness" of Linux, both in its ideals and costs, will make it a massive hit on the common desktop.

Petreley says: "There is one additional factor that cannot be overstated. To anyone who truly knows what free software means, they know that "free" as in liberty is the greatest strength of Linux. However, one cannot deny the power of "free" as in "free beer." Microsoft applied this power to make Internet Explorer the most popular browser in the world. Of the three top competitors on the desktop, Windows, Mac OS-X, and Linux, only one of them is free as in beer. That will go along way toward making it the de-facto standard on the desktop.
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Why Linux will succeed on the desktop

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  • I have to agree with you. Linux has come a long way. Anecdotally, I recently purchased a Dell Ubuntu system for $370 and installed Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) on it. It took no longer than 20 minutes to have everything up and running (including nVidia's proprietary drivers and Compiz!) I was pretty amazed, in other words. Too bad nVidia is still releasing binary blobs, though.
  • I think it's only a matter of time. It could be 5 or 10 years, but it's only a matter of time.

    I've been using Linux as my exclusive desktop for 7 years. I don't believe I've missed anything positive by not being on Windows. KDE has been far superior to anything Microsoft has put out for a long time. I tell people to use KDE for 2 weeks and you'll never be able to use XP without being irritated again.

    I too question why so many distributions have not moved to KDE by default. Kubuntu is likely the best di

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