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It's going to be another year of desktop Linux talk. (Chart from Yahoo finance.)

IDC says this will be the year businesses revolt against Microsoft's anti-piracy efforts and back desktop Linux. Even ComputerWorld expects AMD to finally line up some proper graphic chip support.

Personally I think there are two desktop markets, the business and the personal. Desktop Linux adoption in business will be driven by the same forces driving it on the server, namely cost and the greater control it gives the re-seller.

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The OS is only part of the story

I was reminded again today of just how unfriendly OpenOffice is towards business.

A particular enterprise wants the software as a simple tarball (i.e. not as rpms) for reasons which may or may not be valid. But that is just the beginning of its troubles.

There is no provision, for example, for easy distribution and enforcement of standard templates, macros and user settings. A corporate management service is available but only for Windows.

All of that, of course, is in addition to the bugs which continue to plague the software.

Are KOffice and Gnome Office M$ Office beaters?

Without a competitive office productivity suite, Linux is a poor choice for most businesses.

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