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Finding the Linux Desktop

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Linux desktops should receive general market acceptance. But they don't. The reason: The tyranny of the installed base, among other things.

Calling Linux desktops elusive seems silly since there are more than 36 million references to Linux desktops on Google and plenty of places to buy one easily, including Dell and eBay.

But while we write about Linux desktops often and assume that they will eventually make a difference in the composition of the worldwide market, we don't see much difference here in the United States.

We simply could say that the main market for Linux desktops is outside the United States, where there is much less penetration of both PCs and Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows and Office—95 percent of U.S. offices are believed to use this combination. And that may be true—certainly for now and perhaps for the foreseeable future.

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