Linux Making Headway in Desktop Space
It's not a killer desktop app, says OSAF's Mitch Kapor, but Linux is making a steady march toward the desktop while putting pressure on Microsoft.PORTLAND, Ore.Linux is not going to take over the desktop space anytime soon, but is making significant headway in vertical markets, Mitch Kapor, the chair of the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF) and founder of Lotus Development Corp., said here on Thursday. "It has been a long march to the Linux desktop, and I am convinced that Linux will wind up with a greater share of the desktop market over time," he said in his OReilly Open Source Convention (Oscon) keynote address, titled "Open Source on the Mainstream Desktop."
Kapor said his first encounter with free software was in 1985, when he was still at Lotus. "I met Richard Stallman [the founder of the free software movement], who was picketing the company for our look and feel lawsuits. I thought at that time that free software was one of those hopelessly idealistic ideas," he said. But the industry and Kapors views have changed.