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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux: Four [big Unix vendor] weddings and a funeral stock market

Dec 28, 2000, 09:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

"For Linux, 2000 was a year for weddings. Despite a vicious downturn in the stock market value of top Linux companies, the four top Unix vendors--IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Compaq Corp., and Sun Microsystems--finally said "I do" to Linux in 2000."

"Linux leaders predict that, in the year ahead, two events will lead to more unions. The arrival of both the Linux 2.4 kernel and Intel's 64-bit chip for personal computer servers will convince the corporate market to marry Linux, as well. They only hope that the stock market and developer community will support the union."

"The power of Linux to attract developers away from Microsoft Windows was the shotgun that marched Sun Microsystems to the altar with Linux. "Linux and the Internet have helped drive a huge resurgence in Unix," said Herb Hinstorff, manager of Sun's Solaris Software Linux Program Office."

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