Hands on: What you need to run Linux

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| Find out what type of hardware you need to run the open-source operating
| system


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Time is right for Linux PCs to emerge

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| The free Linux operating system handles big tasks like running supercomputers
| and ATMs. Now Linux has a chance to finally crack Microsoft Corp.'s hold on
| computing's most visible domain — mainstream PCs — because of the rise of
| innovative, inexpensive machines.
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| Linux might benefit from a changing conception of what computers are for.
| With the rise of Web-based applications that reduce the need for
| desktop-bound software, more of the action comes through an Internet browser
| now. The feel of the underlying operating system is less important.



Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be? *
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.