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Five problems Linux still needs to overcome


Big business loves Linux for servers and they seem to like it more than you might expect for the desktop. That said, enterprises still have some concerns about Linux. Here’s the top five as picked by people who responded to The Linux Foundation’s recent corporate and government end-user survey: “Linux Adoption Trends: A Survey of Enterprise End Users.”

Before diving into these problems, I’d like to point out something. These are the opinions of business people who, for the most part, are already Linux users. Questions like, whether KDE or GNOME is the better desktop interface or just how cool Ubuntu 10.10 is, matter a whole lot less to them then do to Linux fans or programmers. Instead, they care about how they can use Linux to advance their work. They don’t love Linux for its own sake. They love it because of what it can do for them. That said, let’s get on with their list of concerns in the order they gave them in importance.

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