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Cahners In-Stat Group Expects [Linux] to Gain Popularity with Telecom Industry

Oct 27, 1998, 08:39 (0 Talkback[s])

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 1998--Cahners In-Stat Group believes that in the near future the telecommunications industry, vendors and users both, will benefit from an operating system, one they have largely ignored in the past, called Linux.

The majority of PC server makers are expected to begin offering Linux on their boxes next year, adding to its market presence.

``Linux is cheaper and more robust than Windows NT and has open source code to allow for customization, making it a compelling alternative for the telecom industry,'' said Brian Strachman, research analyst for Cahners In-Stat Group's Telephony Service. ``This operating system is reliable, scalable, simple to reconfigure and most importantly, it's free.''

Linux is one of the fastest evolving operating systems in history and Cahners In-Stat Group expects a flood of new applications to Linux to arrive in 1999.

According to Cahners In-Stat Group, the fact that Microsoft regards Linux as a threat to the continued dominance of Windows indicates the possibility of a major shakeup in the market as well as a possible competitor to Windows NT.

Red Hat Software, which is the largest seller of Linux, is still in its infancy, but is on its way to becoming mainstream as both Intel and Netscape took undisclosed minority stakes in the company in early October. Linux is rapidly gaining popularity in the computer industry and has been largely overlooked in the telecom industry.

The bulletin Linux, the Telecommunications Operating System of the Future, No. CT9806CT, written by Brian Strachman, is a feature of the Telephony Service subscription. For more information on Cahners In-Stat Group's services, contact Linda Morganstern at 408/345-4449 (FAX: 408/345-4400, email: lmorganstern@cahners.com). Press may contact Brian Strachman directly for discussions of the bulletin.

Headquartered in Newton, Mass., Cahners In-Stat Group is a high-technology market research firm with comprehensive understanding of computer and convergence, networking, wireless, telecommunications, Internet, enterprise software, and semiconductor market. Offices are also located in Scottsdale and San Jose, Calif.

Cahners In-Stat Group, formed by the merger of In-Stat and Business Research Group, is part of Cahners Business Information, the largest publisher of specialized business publications in the United States, and a division of Reed Elsevier. Visit Cahners In-Stat Group online at http://www.cahnersinstat.com.


Contact:
     Cahners In-Stat Group, Scottsdale
     Brian Strachman, 602/483-4454
      email: brians@instat.com
     Karen Martin, 602/483-4442
      email: karenm@instat.com
     Chris Hecht, 602/483-4443
      email: chrish@instat.com