“It looks like I’m going to have to reconsider something I’d been taking for granted — that Linux on the desktop, and especially the laptop, was a non-starter in the operating systems race. While I wasn’t paying sufficient attention, the proverbial tortoise has been playing some serious catch-up,” Dan Gillmor writes for The Mercury News. “One reason I’m rethinking this long-held conviction is in my lap. I’m writing this column on a nearly 4-year-old IBM ThinkPad, a computer that was a marvel of technology in its time but is now fairly old stuff. Linux has rejuvenated this machine.”
Gillmor then writes about his experiences with Xandros.
Gillmor writes, “I don’t want to overstate the situation. I still think the best way for an average person to run Unix, the super-sturdy operating system on which Linux is based, on a personal computer is to buy a Macintosh from Apple. OS X has many capabilities that even the best versions of Linux can’t match so far.”
“Am I ready to ditch my Mac and use Linux only? No. Linux may be just fine for a second desktop system at home. But for corporate road-warriors it’s still not quite ready…,” Gillmor concludes.
Full article here.