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Year-End 2002 Digest: Wrapping Up

Dec 31, 2002, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])

More blurbs from year-end wrap-up stories that at least mentioned Linux in passing...

On 2002...

"While some governments, for example in the U.K. and Norway, have looked to open-source software such as Linux-based systems as a way to avoid Microsoft licensing fees--that company's new licensing agreements have met with unhappiness from users across many sectors--others are seeking more secure software or simply to escape reliance on a single vendor.

"Linux is running on U.S. government supercomputers while the open-source Apache Web server runs a significant percentage of government Web sites. Wall Street has already endorsed open-source with a number of major financial firms running Linux-based systems; its growing use in government should help buff its image further..."

PCWorld: Top Tech News of 2002, by Elizabeth Heichler

On 2003...

"Criticisms of Linux revolve around scalability, but this problem should be solved in the near future. In addition, as an open source community, some believe the necessary protocols and systems will be difficult to standardize. Some salesmen, particularly at Sun, point to the current lack of true applications to run on Linux.

"The company most likely to be negatively impacted will be Sun (although Sun has endorsed Linux and is probably debating internally how aggressive to become in this arena). For now, Sun appears to keep Linux on the periphery and maintain its power sales on Solaris..."

internetnews.com: Hardware Will Be the Savior of 2003, by Michael Singer

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