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Performance Computing: Linux Business And The Clue Factory

Mar 31, 1999, 00:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ralph Barker)

"Although Linux was enthusiastically supported by the noncorporate part of the UNIX community for some time, the UNIX-workalike OS did not receive serious attention from the business community until Forbes magazine made Linux its cover story. Since that time, several large corporations within the computer industry have announced varying degrees of increased support for Linux, and a few corporate IT departments have come out of the Linux closet by announcing their use of the OS..."

"... LinuxWorld was almost like a revival meeting. The expo hall was filled with attendees of varying ages, attires, and degrees of purchasing responsibility. Several of the UNIX old-timers commented that the show was like UniForum in the 1980s--exciting, vibrant, and full of business promise. Without exception, the vendors that I spoke with were pleased with the mix of attendees. "... the vendors reported speaking with honest-to-God real potential customers--people with budget responsibility, and money to spend on Linux-related products."

"Many companies were taking older PCs that had been relegated to the storage closet, loading Linux-based software, and giving the machines new life and purpose within the organization."

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