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IT-Director: Linux hits the glass wall of the computer room

Jun 02, 2000, 13:35 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Walrus)

"Many would argue that Linux is the operating system of the internet. Whether you subscribe to this view or not, there is certainly a lot of it out there driving Web sites and eCommerce systems. In a remarkably frank speech at the European Linux Conference, however, Larry Augustin, president and chief executive officer of VA Linux Systems, indicated that the open source operating system is still not readily accepted in the corporate environment. He is reported to have said, "The 'open' model of Linux -- which is widely considered to be its strength -- can also hinder its acceptance in some cases"."

"Augustin spoke about many corporate users being put off by the knowledge that the code is constantly being developed. "They don't like that fact that there are three kernel releases a week on the Internet", he said. He went on to reiterate the strengths of the open source development model and the value of users being able to communicate directly with developers for rapid implementation of changes. But he also cited problems with developers in end-user environments sometimes getting side-tracked, spending too much time tweaking the Linux platform when they should be cutting application code."

"If Linux is going to make it to behind that glass wall then it will be piggy backing on vendors such as IBM under the reassuring umbrella of corporate support and maintenance agreements. Maybe the first live implementation of Linux on the mainframe will be the turning point."

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