Open source software company Linspire has vowed to make a major push for business desktops with the release of a corporate version of its operating system.
Chief executive Kevin Carmony told vnunet.com that the time is right to bring Linux to the corporate desktop.
Linspire has already secured a 250,000 computer contract win for its Linspire Professional in the Indiana schools system and at two major corporate clients.
"There are a couple of installations by major enterprises that are going to shock people," said Carmony. "We have not wanted to publicise them before now but they will set people thinking."
However, 90 per cent of schools went with the Linspire package and some of those which chose the Dell deal have since wiped the drives and installed Linspire software, according to Carmony.
But in order to be a success in the market Carmony said that it remains crucial that the software is preinstalled, pointing out that over 90 per cent of Windows users never install an operating system but rely on what comes with the machine.
"But the problem with the large OEMs is that they are not there to create a market, only to service one," said Carmony.
"They will start preinstalling Linspire when demand gets to the inflection point and goes through the roof. We are in regular contact with the big three manufacturers [HP, Dell and Lenovo] over this."
The new version of Linspire will have a number of features to tempt corporate IT departments.
Chief among these is the creation of software 'aisles', groups of applications that can be created by IT departments and shifted to client machines with one mouse click.
Carmony will be presenting a keynote at the LinuxWorld show in Olympia on 5 October.
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