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While the world waits in anticipation of the release of Windows Vista, the annual claim that 2006 is the year of the Linux desktop has once again fallen by the wayside.
A leading Linux expert has stated that the most that can be expected of Linux is that it will be deployed in certain sections of some businesses. As far as widespread use on home desktops is concerned – forget it.
No, we’re not talking about Microsoft’s Linux strategist Bill Hilf who two months ago told us that he has kept a folder for the past eight years full of headlines cut out of newspapers stating that this will be the year of the Linux desktop.
We’re talking about Open Source advocate and Linux evangelist Con Zymaris, who says: “It’s actually impossible for most businesses to simply jump across from Windows to the Linux,” he says. “They can’t do it unless they have an 18 month to three years strategy in place to achieve that. Starting now, they could expect to do a safe migration to some extent in 18 months time and a substantial migration within three years. But even after the three year period, you won’t have all your systems across to a Linux based desktop.”