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Enterprise Linux Today: Linux in the Enterprise: Taken for Granted?

Oct 12, 2000, 20:19 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

"An acquaintance wrote me the other day regarding an article he was writing for a well-known computer publication. The premise of the article was that Linux acceptance so far has been limited to the enterprise market, and he was looking for my take on why Linux has not earned a broader acceptance in the computing populace, implying that enterprise acceptance of Linux just wasn't enough...."

"But let's play "what if" for a moment, and accept his premise that Linux has not made its mark past the enterprise market. So what? The enterprise market is a pretty doggone lucrative market. Many companies spend millions of dollars trying to crack the enterprise market. Virtually every computer vendor in the Fortune 1000 makes its mark from selling to the enterprise market. Tell IBM or Dell to ignore the enterprise market? If that happened, Michael Dell would be back selling PCs in his dorm room."

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