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Wed June 19, 2002

Linux Increasingly Viable as a Desktop OS

Encouraging news about Linux in Computer Sweden today:

Finnish politicians have passed a law that demands that their authorities transition from Windows to Linux. The motivation behind the law is that Linux is considered more secure and reliable. The law was inspired by an initiative taken by German authorities to transition to Linux. Unfortunately, as concluded in the Wired article U.S. Gov't Still Penguin Shy, adoption by US authorities of Linux is still minimal at best.

CodeWeavers recently released CrossOver Office 1.1.0 that enables Microsoft Office to be run on Linux. CodeWeavers specialize in helping companies make the transition from Windows to Linux by making it possible to use Windows software under Linux. Initiatives taken be German and Finnish politicians indicate that this might become quite a lucrative business.

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