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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-07-10 Print this article Print

There are some adoption theories around Linux, Kapor said, who added that he does not believe desktop Linux will be adopted as a "killer application. Like the server, its adoption will start at the edge and move inward towards the center," he said. The next wave of Linux desktop users will be transactional workers who use computers to perform well-defined tasks, like in a call center, where some 2 million people work, "even though none of them seem to be around when I get on the phone," Kapor quipped.
IT managers in the call centers are increasingly looking at replacing their desktops with Linux and, beginning next year, the industry will see some significant numbers from that and other vertical segments, he said.
On the consumer and worker productivity side, large-scale adoption is unlikely before 2007, Kapor said, particularly as the breadth of applications available on Linux today is lacking. And the OpenOffice productivity suite does not have the polish of Microsoft Office. "Im not going to tell you that Linux is going to take over the desktop world, but it will significantly grow its share," Kapor said. "Because of the momentum around Linux, we will see price cuts by Microsoft. It would not surprise me to see 10 percent of global desktops running Linux in the near future. The rest of the world is leading the U.S. in terms of Linux, and I expect that to continue. Foreign governments are also embracing Linux more so than here." Kapor also announced the Web site, launched today, where announcements of Linux deployments and research will be published and posted. "Im excited because this is a huge improvement from where we were. Desktop Linux is already a solution for millions of people around the world and will be a solution for tens of millions of people going forward," he concluded.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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