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PlanetIT: Partisans Offer Varied Views Of Linux's Future

Jan 24, 2001, 06:10 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Zieger)

"Given its dramatic momentum, Linux seems all but certain to play a role in corporate life. Despite its high profile, however, Linux remains a minority OS, and it's still not clear just what will have to happen before Linux becomes a corporate mainstay."

"Some observers predict that Linux will have to become a popular corporate desktop system before it can truly begin to hit its stride. Others suggest that Linux may succeed just as well by proving itself outside the corporate environment entirely, demonstrating its stability in such alternative uses as kiosks and embedded systems."

"Either way, there's still a good distance to travel before Linux becomes a completely mainstream OS, observers say. "Linux has a lot of momentum and a lot of support," says Laurent Meynier, chief executive officer and co-founder of San Francisco-based open source consulting firm Olliance. "But a lot of people are seeing Linux as one of their platforms rather than betting on Linux as a key platform."

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