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VARBusiness: Platform Wars And Developer Tools

Dec 29, 1999, 22:06 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy D. Wohl)

"Windows 2000 is about to be shipped... However, the longer-than-expected time that it has taken to get this version of NT to the market, and the unexpected activities--the Internet, Linux, et al--that have occurred in that pause, mean that some customers have, in fact, looked at other options."

"...Linux is getting to be a more interesting possibility every day. If it weren't interesting from a technical point of view, and it is, then the spectacular success of Linux company IPOs, such as Red Hat Inc. and VA Linux, would bring it to the positive attention of business people with no technical expertise, or interest, at all. We are imagining CEOs all over the country calling in their IS managers this morning and saying 'What is this Linux thing? Do we have some?' And we know that's bound to have an effect."

"Just as every ISV worth his salt started porting to NT a few years ago, every ISV started doing Linux ports last year. That means we are seeing a substantial amount of Linux software, mainly server software, committed to the market and quite a bit actually being delivered. More interestingly, the Linux phenomenon may not be limited to servers."

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