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Linux.com: The Final Nail in the Coffin

May 24, 2000, 11:17 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Dominico)

"It's getting harder for people to argue that Linux is not ready for the enterprise. It runs top services such as Apache, Sendmail, BIND. For file serving, it supports NFS, and improvements in the 2.4 kernel series mean that the OS as a whole will scale even better, making it perfect for enterprise-level applications. Until recently, there was one thing missing: an enterprise-class database."

"...Oracle, arguably the most popular enterprise RDBMS, took notice of Linux and decided to port their database to the upstart OS. The first release was somewhat unpolished, with a rather complicated installation. The second release, made available just a few days ago, is supposed to remedy these problems. I was lucky enough to attend the recent Oracle users group conference, and it was refreshing to see the interest in the Linux platform. In fact, an entire day was devoted to sessions on Linux, and a Linux Special Interest Group is being formed to keep the momentum going."

"...A quality open source RDBMS is the "final nail in the coffin" for the various other operating systems. Linux already powers a good number of corporate fileservers, ISPs, etc. Now, it will be able to hold its own as an enterprise-class database server, with both free and commercial products to choose from. Kudos to Oracle for supporting Linux, and best of luck to the PostgreSQL team in their quest to provide a high quality, open source RDBMS. Once again, it's an exciting time to be a Linux user! "

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