Boeing Co. recently did an evaluation of Linux and declared it suitable
for some niche applications within their company. Why not mainstream
applications? As a Boeing official put it, "We're primarily a Microsoft shop".
This is a perfect example why Linux will not take over corporate desktops any time soon. Boeing is rolling out Microsoft Office 2000 as their universal office suite, and it runs only on Windows PCs (see Tarantella for a partial escape). Further, for full functionallity, Office 2000 requires Windows 2000 servers. Even Windows NT servers will not do. Linux, and all other non-Microsoft operating systems) are locked off both the desktop and the departmental servers. All non-Microsoft office software is similarly locked out.
Boeing officials also expressed reservations that Linux could scale to "Boeing sized applicatons", but it is doubtful Windows 2000 can either. Boeing will be deploying Linux in some special purpose applications and for some Web hosting as they contine their evaluation.
At Automation Access, we expect Linux to invade the desktop primarily from new businesses with limited budgets, and businesses like Burlington Coat Factory where costs are critical and Microsoft is not already entrenched.
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