Linux’s credentials as a desktop OS are growing. Traditionally deployed as a server, Linux’s GUI tools and application programs are improving rapidly, to the point that increasing numbers of organizations are deploying the OS on the desktop as well as in the server room. Doing this requires that you know a bit about Linux desktop applications, starting with the desktop environments available for Linux. Sometimes Linux’s ability to run Windows programs (either by itself or with the help of a remote server) is important for Linux desktop deployment. Accessing data from Windows desktop systems and managing fonts are a couple more areas that are important for Linux desktop use.

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