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InfoWorld/Reuters: Tech firms crowd Linux conference

Feb 02, 2001, 20:30 (11 Talkback[s])

"Yet, the lords of Linux are no longer Don Quixotes living in the counterculture of the operating systems world. Fewer pony-tails and beards, which proliferated at earlier conferences that promoted open source, were in evidence this year."

"Among the 200 exhibitors at this year's Linux World, International Business Machines Corp. , Oracle Corp. and Dell Computer Corp. sat squarely in the middle."

"Now, it's big business," Graham said. "You start to see a lot more money spent on Linux."

"The question is: Will information technology (IT) managers, who buy and oversee corporate technology purchases and operations, opt to use Linux and other open-source technologies?"

"Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown analysts Philip Rueppel, Ghazi Benothman and Kevin Burke think so. In a recent report, "Open Source Infrastructure, a Manifest for the Coming Big Bang," they argued that open source operating systems offer more value than proprietary systems. Because the source code is known and available to all, it can be easily customize by each company's IT department, unlike generic products software makers sell."

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