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eWeek: Linux products, services make play for e-markets

Nov 13, 2000, 14:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey Burt)

"Linux has established itself as a qualified operating system for Web servers, firewalls and e-mail, but it's still fighting its way into e-marketplaces, both as a platform and as a commodity."

"At the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas this week, e-commerce software vendor Exterprise Inc. and marketing startup PartnerAxis Inc. will unveil a Linux-based e-marketplace for Linux vendors, resellers and users. This follows the announcement last week by IBM that it has rolled out its WebSphere Commerce Suite Start 4.1 high-end e-commerce platform for Linux."

"Though it is gaining in popularity, some still question whether Linux can handle the high numbers of transactions commonplace in business-to-business marketplaces. Supporters, however, discount such concerns and point out that the long-awaited Version 2.4 of the Linux kernel, due to be released by the end of next month, will be capable of running on eight-processor symmetric multiprocessing systems, addressing up to 64GB of physical memory and supporting large file systems."

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