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WinNetMag: What You Need to Know About Linux

Dec 17, 2002, 20:30 (19 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Con Zymaris for this link. ]

"Most companies today manage heterogeneous environments consisting of several different and often completely incompatible OSs. Currently, the most popular non-Microsoft OS, especially on the server, is probably UNIX and its many variants. And when you break down the UNIX market, one leader emerges--the open-source solution Linux. Linux has snagged market share from rivals in the UNIX field as well as from Novell. Linux is now closing in on Microsoft: A recent IDC survey shows that by 2005, Linux will likely grab more than 40 percent of the market in categories such as Web serving, file sharing, and edge devices. Here's what you need to know about Linux...

"The Linux development model certainly has its advantages. Bugs and security vulnerabilities are generally fixed within hours of their publication, not weeks or months later as is often the case with bugs in Microsoft products. Many governments, including some in developing countries that find the cost of Microsoft software prohibitive, are mandating the use of open-source solutions to ensure that the government's crucial public data is always available and not locked into file formats susceptible to the whims of one company..."

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