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Linux Journal: Linux Plays Well with Others

Nov 02, 1999, 03:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hughes)

"While many promote Linux as the one true operating system or the answer to all problems, it really is necessary to be a little more pragmatic. Even if Linux is the word of the supreme being, lots of computers that aren't yet running Linux are still out there. This situation is likely to continue for years to come."

"The good news is that Linux plays well with others. By that, I mean Linux inter-operates with other types of computers and operating systems...."

"But there is more to the world of computing than UNIX systems, so Linux still needed to do some growing. Fortunately, the power of the Internet was too much even for Microsoft to change, and they found it necessary to add TCP/IP capabilities to their systems. This meant that Windoze systems shared a common way to transfer bits but it did not offer file system support, making it possible to just use files rather than having to transfer them between computer systems."

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