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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linuxcare CTO: Waiting for 2.4 success stories

Jan 30, 2001, 20:24 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

"In part one of this question and answer interview chief technology officer David L. Sifry, talked about the latest developments at Linuxcare, included the merger with TurboLinux Inc. and a new managed services program. In part two, he discusses changes in Linux's positioning as an enterprise operating system and the changing technology landscape and problems created by the Linux 2.4 kernel."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: Will your customer base, which like most Linux service and product providers consists mostly of technology companies, change?

Sifry: Yes. Frankly, however, the adoption of Linux in brick-and-mortar enterprises is going slower than I had originally anticipated. On the positive side, there are pilot programs happening within larger enterprises today. Also, I think there will soon be a lot of pick-up in vertical industries. Financial services, oil and gas, and scientific computing companies are interested in Linux. The other very interesting area is in retail point-of-sale systems, which is where we're seeing the most pilots and people coming by and kicking the tires."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: What issues are going to come up repeatedly as people update to the Linux 2.4 kernel?

Sifrey: First of all, they want us to help them to decide if they want to be on the bleeding edge and integrate 2.4 technology into their products and services. One of the good things about the open development process is that people have known for a while what 2.4 looks like. There's no hype. Check the code, baby. It's either in there, or it's not. I fully anticipate that our tech support lines are going to be busy for a while."

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