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VNU Net: Linux goes after the enterprise space

Jan 18, 2001, 20:22 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Guy Matthews)

"Everyone, ranging from the techie anoraks who devote their free time to helping develop the open source OS, to the hard-nosed commercial distributors hoping to take it to the heart of the enterprise, has greeted the new kernel with joy and relief, pending a thorough road test."

"But less certain is the response of the corporate user base that the kernel has been so carefully groomed for. Nor is it entirely clear exactly when usable 2.4-based products will be available for them to deploy...."

"No doubt if Torvalds had decided to delay the new kernel by another six months, we would have seen the first of these firms go to the wall, taking with them Linux's best chance of making the enterprise grade."

"Even so, the distributors can't afford to rush things too much. TurboLinux, for example, says it plans to make sure that its forthcoming 2.4-based release can fully support mission-critical applications, and it claims it will not considerreleasing anything that falls short of that any quicker."

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