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Information Week: Linux Gains Momentum As Vendor Support Grows -- HP, IBM, SAP Unveil Support Plans; Cost Is Key To Adoption

Mar 06, 1999, 01:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart J. Johnston)

"Linux, the freeware, open-source operating system, is gaining momentum as a technology platform for business IT departments. But despite a remarkable growth in acceptance, Linux still has a long way to go."

"The number of companies using Linux will double over the next 12 months, according to a survey of 166 IT managers last week by InformationWeek Research. In all, 14% say their companies use Linux, while another 16% plan to deploy it over the next year. Among the factors cited by Linux adopters, the operating system's low price-it's free on the Web, or available at nominal cost from resellers-rates at the top with 72% of users, followed closely by its reliability and performance."

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