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Table Topics: Is 2008 the year of the Linux desktop?

Western PA Linux User Group will hold their second "Table Topics" meeting on Tuesday February 26 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The topic will be "Is 2008 the year of the Linux Desktop?" This meeting facilitator will be Beth Lynn Eicher.

"Table Topics" meetings are a relaxed environment where we discuss current Linux and Open Source issues. A facilitator picks a topic and prepares questions for those gathered to generate conversation. New Linux users and the curious are encouraged to attend.

Every new year Linux enthusiasts ask the question because it seems so close yet so far away. How can we define success? Do we need to see a greater use in business, in academia, in homes, or all of the above? Is the Linux desktop a higher quality product than Windows or MacOSX. If so, how can we measure ease of use, driver availably, software total cost of ownership? If we are not yet there yet, what is holding us back? Are some of Linux's strengths such as distribution choice, community support, and a plethora of free software options hurting Linux's success in ruling the desktop market? How can the community of Linux users help? Does your mom use Linux? How about your boss? Why or why not?

--Bethlynn 20:06, 18 February 2008 (EST)