Linux Reaches 'The Show'

Unlike Apple or Microsoft, the Linux community doesn't hold launch events with rock stars when a new operating system is released. Customers don't line up overnight outside retail stores throwing out snappy quotes to the media. But over time -- especially over the past 18 months -- Linux developers have delivered technology to the market that is sound, that is simple and that can do the basic work people need to get done.

The CMP Channel Test Center this week is reporting results of "The World Series of Linux" - - after several weeks of testing and comparing six different distributions of desktop Linux performing a series of everyday office tasks. Some distros worked much better than others. But, overall, a compelling story began to emerge that we hadn't seen before: a viable alternative to Windows or Apple on the desktop has now arrived.