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The Guardian: Open Season

Jan 31, 2003, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Ian Johnson for this link. ]

"When IBM unveiled its backing for the open source Apache Web server in June 1998, and Oracle announced a month later a version of its flagship database for the GNU/Linux operating system, free software gained not only yet more visibility but also respectability. Since then, GNU/Linux has continued to make inroads into the corporate server market, to the point where it is now the only serious rival to Microsoft's Windows.

"In some respects, it has already moved beyond Microsoft's flagship product. GNU/Linux is the operating system at the heart of low-cost supercomputers called Beowulf clusters, widely used in the scientific world. Combined with the open source Globus toolkit, GNU/Linux dominates the hot new area of grid computing--linking computers with very fast connections to create a large virtual machine. And IBM has announced that it will be using GNU/Linux as the operating system for the world's most powerful computer, Blue Gene/L..."

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