Thanks to Art, Ed, and Richard for their responses to my previous
I found this article on desktop Linux interesting for several reasons:
Last things first: at the end, Bruce Perens is quoted as saying that
30% of enterprise desktops will run Linux by 2006. That's quite a
prediction! Is he trying to stretch our vision of what is possible, or
is he just plain serious? If he's right, or even if he's 10% too high
and it winds up being "only" 20%, that kind of Linux presence in the
enterprise world will seriously undermine the arguments against Linux's
suitability for user applications in the library world as well. When
(and if) 20%-30% of enterprise IT managers deem Linux (1)
sufficiently usable and (2) sufficiently supportable for desktop
deployment, it will be much more difficult for Renae's LIS professor to
make his case ;-)
The Linux thin-client deployment described in the article reminded me of
one of a neat presentation (at LITA forum 2002 here in Houston, I
believe), by the IT folks of a public library that implemented Linux
thin-client public workstations using the Linux Terminal Server Project
software. I don't recall the name of the library or of the presenters,
but it looked like it was both fun and effective.
So: what if Bruce Perens is right? Here's hoping...
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