Linux.com.sg (Singapore): Linux 2000 Coming to a server near you (Part 1)Oct 28, 1999, 14:11 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hin Chin Qui)
[ Thanks to Ng Kai Hoe Raymond for this link. ]
"When I was asked to write a prediction for the Linux operating system in Singapore next year, I was suddenly struck by how far Linux had come."
"Six months ago, no major IT publication in Singapore would publish such a story. In September 1998, when Webworks was the first company in Singapore to officially announce Linux support and professional services, nobody knew about Linux. Back then, whenever I mentioned "Linux", people would counter with "Li-what?" with a bewildered look on their faces. Things got slightly better in March 1999, when the first Singapore Linux Conference was held in Suntec City. In the same month, Oracle Openworld even had its own Linux pavilion. Then, people would say, "Ah yes, Linux, heard about it". And things kept getting better. Today, people I speak to generally would say, "Linux, tell me more about it." The mood is generally more receptive. I predict that by early next year, the response will be, "Ah Linux, now sell me something on Linux!" I hope, I hope!"
"Is my optimism overplaced? The signs are certainly pointing in that direction. With more commercial software and hardware being offered on Linux, MIS and CIOs are seriously considering Linux as an enterprise OS. And why not; there is no licensing, maintenance is low, it is technologically stable and reliable, and software upgrades are free. The TCO is generally low. A year back, they might decry a lack of commercial third party applications and hardware."
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