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CNET News.com: LinuxWorld shows software entering adulthood

Jan 30, 2001, 16:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The standard-bearer for the new Linux reality is IBM, in particular President Sam Palmisano. A year ago, Palmisano pushed Big Blue to its current position as one of the loudest and most determined Linux advocates, with the company spreading Linux across all four of its major server lines."

"During his opening keynote address Wednesday, Palmisano will declare that the Linux effort has advanced from convincing established computing companies to support the operating system to winning over customers who actually use it, sources familiar with the speech said. While this message is undeniably self-serving, more independent observers generally agree. Merrill Lynch analyst Steve Milunovich believes Linux has conquered many of its early problems--the scarcity of programs built to run atop it, the immaturity of technical support, its confinement to low-end computers--and now Linux poses a serious threat to Microsoft and Sun Microsystems."

"The code-sharing, cooperative "open source" programming model that underlies Linux is a "better mousetrap" than the closed-source, proprietary methods employed by Microsoft, Deutsche Banc Alex Brown analyst Phil Rueppel and colleagues said in a 147-page report earlier this month. Specifically, open-source software naturally shifts priorities away from the companies that sell software--Microsoft and Oracle, for example--and toward the customers that use the software."

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