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Washington Post: Tech Firms Try to Stay Nimble

Oct 04, 2002, 11:00 (1 Talkback[s])

" Analysts and Silicon Valley types said they are seeing at least one trend emerging as companies try to reduce tech budgets. Companies are spending less on proprietary technologies that may work better at certain tasks but that may not play well with other technologies.

"The increasing popularity of the Linux operating system is one example. The free operating system has become a standard on servers and is starting to appear on desktop PCs as well--including in a new line of $199 PCs available at Wal-Mart.

"Sun announced last week that it will start marketing computers that run Linux, rather than Solaris, the version of the Unix operating system that made the company a fortune during the tech boom..."

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