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ZDTV: Linux: The Power of the Penguin

Jun 29, 2000, 19:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Iolande Bloxsom)

"Thursday's keynote at PC Expo had Mak Bolzern, founder of Linux Mall, and Jon "Maddog" Hall (executive director of Linux International) extolling the virtues of "penguin power"-- that is, Linux. Bolzern stated that Linux is the most used operating system on the Net, while Hall estimated that Linux has roughly 25 million users around the world."

"In "To B2B or Not B2B: Linux Puts on Its Work Clothes," Bolzern and Hall focused on how businesses use Linux, the specific benefits of Linux over commercial systems, and where the future of Linux lies. ... Bolzern also stressed the advantages of Linux for business: empowerment, cost savings and efficiencies, security and stability, and technical advantages. He ended by debunking what he called the myths of Linux, which included that the OS is complicated, that any user has to be a programmer, that Linux can't make money, that's it's a fad, and that it will splinter the way UNIX did."

"Jon Hall began his half of the keynote with a history lesson, outlining the creation of UNIX in 1969, and Linux's development from 1991 on. ... Hall then reviewed the breadth of companies, organizations, and governments that have adopted Linux. ... Wrapping up his talk with Linux's future plans, Hall projected that since some of the largest applications, such as SAP, have been ported successfully to Linux, he's hoping to have 10,000 applications for the OS. And by 2010, he believes that Microsoft will recognise the platform, and provide a Linux emulation in its products."

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