"The issue for Linux on the desktop is applications," said Carl Howe, an analyst at
Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. "Already there are two or three suites that
run on Linux and read [Microsoft] Office file formats. But it's not the thousands of
titles available on Windows."
He said the picture should get rosier for Linux as more enterprises become
increasingly Web-centric. "If it's browsers that you need, Linux has browsers. And you
can't beat the price," Howe said.