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LinuxWorld: Worlds collide at Linux-on-the-Hudson

Jan 30, 2001, 16:42 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Vaughan)

"The Linux community and its suppliers gather this week to view the latest wares at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo at the Jacob Javits Center overlooking the Hudson River in New York. At the show, the Linux story will continue to be told as a tale of two platforms, with movement on the server side continuing to outpace desktop advances. Many of the key additions to the new Linux 4.2 kernel play to the server crowd, and the kernel is thus likely to be near the center of attention."

"As major Linux software efforts can be divided into desktop and server camps, suppliers can likewise be placed in two broad categories: specialty Linux startups, and established vendors that have just recently caught the Linux bug. The former group is under pressure to demonstrate that open source enthusiasm can translate into profitable businesses. The latter group, which can shield its Linux software ramp-up costs under a wider umbrella, has the means to garner attention at the show, and much of this group's activity will be server-related."

"IBM chair and chief executive Lou Gerstner vowed last month to invest nearly $1 billion in Linux development. His company will again seek at this show to mark itself as the champion of things Linux. Other big computer vendors, including Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Dell, and Unisys, will try to catch some of that fire. Most have formalized their Linux efforts in recent months, forming Linux-specialist offices and such, and they will work on plans and new alliances right up to show time."

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