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InfoWorld: Linux Future Scales Out

Dec 03, 2002, 23:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)

"As dominant systems and software companies continue to pour millions into scaling Linux for the enterprise, some observers now believe the open-source OS's future is to serve as a distributed, network-based operating system.

"During the past year, users have too closely equated Linux's 'scale-up' capabilities--the capability of a single instance of Linux to handle more and more processors--with its legitimacy as an enterprise operating system, some observers said.

"Rather, at a time when distributed architectures such as those proposed by IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems are beginning to emerge, Linux should be considered for its ability to 'scale out' in a horizontal fashion..."

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