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Intel.com: Linux Approaches the Enterprise

May 11, 1999, 18:00 (5 Talkback[s])

Thanks to Frank T. Kujawski for this link.

Intel publishes a shining whitepaper on Linux's capabilities as an enterprise-class operating system. Intel obviously realizes the enormous potential for generating sales to the corporate sites who are implementing Linux.

"Over the past several years, a powerful new option has emerged-the UNIX*-like operating system known as Linux. Created in 1991 by Finnish student Linus Torvalds and improved by a vast community of independent developers, Linux has quickly emerged as the most popular platform for running Web servers. Today, it accounts for 17% of all server operating system sales. Behind this success: An open source code base that enables businesses and the developer community to adapt Linux to their specific needs."

"Even as enterprise software vendors gather behind the platform, Linux itself is extending to incorporate key enterprise-class features. The latest version of the Linux kernel, version 2.2, offers welcome tweaks to its multiprocessing support, TCP/IP stack, and RAID storage capabilities. Notably, the Red Hat* Linux 6.0 distribution pushes symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) support to at least four processors. What's more, work is underway on key features like a journaling file system, fail-over implementations, and clustering capability."

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