Here's a pretty good perspective on the Great Desktop Debate from the Community Voices blog at PC World. Poster Phil Shapiro says:
I was somewhat amused to read Michael Gartenberg's comments that Linux is still not ready for the desktop. Please don't tell that to any of the people who last year logged in 40,000 times to the 28 Linux computers at our small town library and community center in Takoma Park, Maryland. These people are using a Linux solution called Userful, which puts up with robust use day in and day out.
...I get a bit queasy when I hear people say that Linux is not ready for the desktop. Are they fully informed when they make such statements? Maybe Linux is not ready for their desktop, but it sure is ready for ours.
Public libraries seem like a natural fit for Linux since the cost-savings could be significant. Have you seen Linux desktops springing up in your community libraries?
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