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Computer Shopper: The Linux Challenge

Nov 22, 1999, 11:05 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oliver Rist)

"With promising vendor support and a range of options, will Linux replace Windows NT? We put them head-to-head to find out."

"... Though the cost savings are attractive, what network managers expect from a desktop operating system simply isn't available under Linux at this time..." For those evaluating Linux right now, its corporate place is still mostly in the server room. And even here, its one-box niche status is still largely in effect. Yes, small businesses with small server rooms and clients that use mostly standard office-type applications can move to an all-Linux system with little trouble. But Linux just isn't ready for migration of an entire corporate-serving architecture."

"Overall, although Linux is receiving attention from established corporate software players, it will need much more to challenge NT for corporate dominance. Management, server and desktop software libraries, and the ability to find qualified Linux professionals are all issues that need addressing. Fortunately, they're all receiving attention.

"For both servers and desktops, Linux is already a viable alternative for small businesses-as long as they evaluate and test it carefully before full-scale deployment. Moving into the corporate space is only a matter of maturation."

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