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Posted: 3 May 2005

Novell's Carl Drisko makes a very convincing argument about the explosion of Linux-based desktops in the future.


Novell is now running pilots of desktop Linux in countries worldwide with "great acceptance," contended Carl Drisko, Novell's director of Linux and Open Source, speaking to an audience of IT buyers in the financial services industry.

Drisko estimated that three or four different Novell customers are each about to deploy Linux on the desktop across 250,000 seats or more.

"Linux on the desktop has matured," he told the group. "OpenOffice 2 is even better."

The Novell exec pointed to especially strong demand for Linux in school districts, other government agencies, and call center applications, both in Europe and on other continents.

"We're in a great spot with Mono right now," Drisko said.

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