ComputerWorld: Linux Falls Short Of Becoming a Mainstream OSMay 30, 2001, 21:00 (84 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Gartenberg)
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Here's a former Gartner VP who maintains that Linux has a bright future... as a low end server for web and e-mail hosting, but that isn't ever going anywhere in datacenters or on desktops. "While Linux's acquisition cost may remain low, using it can be penny-wise and pound-foolish."
"In particular, you might be looking to alternative operating systems, such as Linux, as a lower-cost option for some servers or perhaps even desktops. While Linux's acquisition cost may remain low, using it can be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Many in IT feel that Linux is the heir to Microsoft's 32-bit Windows offerings and will soon surpass Windows in volume shipments, but I'm not as sanguine about Linux's prospects for mainstream business, except in specific cases.
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