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VARBusiness: Linux Packs a Low Cost Powerful Punch

Dec 14, 1999, 16:54 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Jordan)

"It's indisputable that the price of the Linux operating system-$0-is right. Although software vendors such as Red Hat Inc. and Caldera Systems Inc. sell documentation, drivers, support and media for their versions of Linux, the source code itself is available at no charge on the Internet, and end users pay no seat license fees. That near-zero software cost for the operating system means hefty margin potential for VARs...."

"Linux credibility is a problem, though. "Linux is a really cool OS, and it can certainly do some things better than NT (and often on lesser hardware), but it has a way to go before it can really contend as an enterprise player-and no, it is nowhere close to being a viable desktop environment for 99.9 percent of the computer users out there," says Dennis Hines, manager of networking and security for ishophere.com, a Nashville, Tenn.-based e-commerce company."

"Compared with Linux, Windows 2000 is a vastly more advanced OS," Hines explains. "Its intrinsic security architecture and scalability are years ahead of anything Linux can offer."

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