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Philippine Inquirer: Philippine firms testing Linux Waters

Jun 27, 2000, 05:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tessa R. Salazar)

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"Linux started gaining popularity as sort of an "underground product" supported by "free-spirited users" in some of the universities around the world. As it became known for being practical in its early years-transforming an aging PC into a useful file server, Linux has gone a long way from becoming a stereotypical geek's OS to gaining a wide following. It was even reported on a previous customer satisfaction poll how Linux outperformed all the other operating environments including Microsoft's Windows in terms of interoperability, cost of ownership, price and availability."

"In the case of the Philippines, though no data could rate its wide following in the local market, Linux is already considered one of the fastest growing platforms for the back-end side. This was revealed by Iphil Communications Inc. president Fernando Contreras Jr. Aside from being an ISP, Iphil provides commercial Linux training and support."

"Linux, in reality, is not a geeky operating system," stressed Contreras. This impression, he added, was only earned by Linux because its main usage is on the back-end or the server side. Contreras predicted that Linux may futher shed off its limiting image soon as its usage would make it more and more common with the emergence of Internet and e-commerce. For most people going into e-commerce, Linux is now becoming an alternative choice and a valid solution for key server products,'' he said."

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