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Internet News: Linux Revolution Growing

Mar 06, 1999, 21:44 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patricia Fusco)

"Linux is currently the fastest-growing server operating environment, according to IDC Research. In 1998, more than 750,000 Linux servers were installed, reflecting a 212 percent growth rate and 17 percent of all new server placements. Linux may just be the greatest software story ever told.

Success for Linux means it was only a matter of time before fortune-500 companies recognized the free operating system as an alternative to Windows NT. Linux possesses true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, TCP/IP networking, and other advanced features. Many see Linux as NT's most serious competitor, and a most viable contender to loosen Microsoft's grip hold on the market.

Independence has been a fierce source of pride to the operating systems programmers who fear Linux might become just another freeware Mosaic, wiped out by commercial versions of the application. If Linux World this week is any indication, Linux coders' fear is far from becoming a reality."

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