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Enterprise Unix Roundup: Google's Linux Leap

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The Spring of 2006 will certainly be remembered as a banner season for desktop Linux.

Too much hyperbole? Well, perhaps. But it's not as bad as the endless predictions of "200x will be the Year of Desktop Linux." Those predictions are really over the top and, we fear, are never really going to come true.

Don't get us wrong, we're hip to the whole prospect of a successful desktop Linux, which we do think is an eventuality. But we don't think anyone will be able to point to a given day, month, or year and say "that was when Linux on the desktop took off." By the same token, it will be difficult to ascertain just when Linux will be lauded as the successful operating system in the enterprise space. Although, because of the scarcity of enterprise companies, it will be easier to track that than overall desktop deployments.

But we digress. The reason we think this will be remembered as an "up" season for Linux is due to the efforts of one company to port some of its popular applications to the Linux desktop. We speak, of course, of Google, which announced the Linux version of its photo-sharing application, Picasa on May 25, and then quietly announced the beta Linux version of Google Earth 4 earlier this week.

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