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SJ Mercury: The next step for Linux

Aug 14, 2000, 15:08 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cecilia Kang, Therese Poletti)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"At this week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Linux executives and analysts will preach that the open source operating system is still alive and kicking, even if the hype is settling down."

"With a clumsy user interface and few applications for the desktop, Linux is fighting an uphill battle to get onto the personal computers in homes and offices, analysts say. And with investor patience running thin, the biggest challenge is for the companies that sprouted up around the free operating system to start making money."

"The most optimistic Linux proponents see the software as one day displacing Microsoft from its perch on PCs and low-end servers. Enthusiastic investors sent stocks of Linux-related companies to the stratosphere last year. Then the reality set in: the open source model makes it difficult for Linux companies to make money off the software, even as it is rising in popularity among technicians at Fortune 500 firms."

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