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“Two ways Microsoft sabotages Linux desktop adoption”

Jan Stafford of writes “Two ways Microsoft sabotages Linux desktop adoption.”

“Microsoft has mastered desktop lock-in, undermining users’ confidence in any alternatives and creating a slew of minor difficulties that irritate those who do switch.

Two themes dominate the stories I hear about the tribulations of using and adopting non-Microsoft business desktops: the difficulty in finding compatible hardware and the stranglehold Microsoft Word has on users.”

Despite the difficulties imposed by Microsoft, the switch still pays off in the long run: “Despite the difficulties they’ve encountered, both Canfield and Holt will continue using and evangelizing Linux desktops. They firmly believe, as do I, that the business that plans, trains and implements Linux and OpenOffice desktops well can overcome the short-term hassles and get long-term cost and productivity benefits.”

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