We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
79,693 News Articles

Linux creeps toward desktops

Vendors work to address the lack of applications and unfamiliar interfaces

Linux has become more of a reality and less of a buzzword, but the open-source operating system is still struggling to find a home on the desktop, according to users and Linux professionals here at Linux Expo 2000.

"Companies are still trying to make it easier to use," says David Patrick Cheng, information technology officer at Imperial College in London.

"Linux will have to continue its path, heading more towards GUI [graphical user interface] and away from text-based operation," he adds. "Users don't want to type a lot of commands."

Linux companies also need to make the operating system more practical for everyday use, Cheng says. "They need more driver support on hardware, more applications and improvement on Plug and Play," he says.

"People also want to be able to convert their files to Linux and not have to start over from scratch."

"The biggest problem for Linux on the desktop remains its lack of applications," says Lance Davis, a consultant with U.K.-based Linux company Definite Software.

"Sure, there are six games for Linux, but after that, what's next?" he adds.
"I do know a lot of people who use [Linux] for e-mail, word processing, and Web access, but I couldn't recommend it to someone whose teenage children just want a computer to play games on," Davis adds.


IDG UK Sites

Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs iPhone 5S comparison review: Metal smartphones fight

IDG UK Sites

Gateway to your kingdom: why everybody should check and update their broadband router

IDG UK Sites

Fonts review

IDG UK Sites

Best Mac? Complete Apple Mac buyers guide for 2014