Originally Published: Friday, 11 August 2000 Author: Evan Read
Published to: news_learn_firststep/Firststep News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

LinuxWorld.com.au: Is Linux right for you?

For Windows users, the Linux hype raises many questions. Is Linux just another computing fad soon to disappear from the headlines, like push technology? Or is it here to stay, like the Web? Not only is it here to stay, but the number of people using it at the corporate and desktop levels continues to mushroom. What makes Linux so special compared with other OSs? The answer is that it's inexpensive to install and maintain, resists crashes better, and can run on numerous platforms - from Intel-based PCs and Apple Macintoshes to high-end Sun servers. Could Linux become a realistic alternative to your Windows desktop? Perhaps - and sooner than you may think. Dell Computer will install Linux on servers, workstations or other machines if a customer requests it. Compaq offers RedHat Linux 6.2 on its servers, Alpha stations and select Deskpro PC models. And Corel is making desktop Linux a more palpable reality with no-sweat installation, a user-friendly desktop, and the promise of a tool that will let you use Windows applications (if your PC is set up in a networked environment). If you love something, set it free.