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Stuff: Falling in Love With the Penguin

Feb 27, 2003, 00:00 (5 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"It may offend die-hard computer geeks, but the future of Linux probably rests with corporations and other large organisations, where the heftiest spending and staffing decisions are made and the fate of computer IT is often decided.

"The upstart Microsoft and Unix competitor, dubbed 'open source' because the source code is available for all to see (and alter), is being used by about 8.8 per cent of Kiwi companies, just behind Australia on nine per cent, according to research firm IDC New Zealand. That's up from zero just four or five years ago and supports a report issued by Wall Street sharebroker Goldman Sachs in January.

"The report, titled Fear the Penguin, concluded Linux would emerge as the dominant operating system in corporate data centres in the next few years, beating out established technologies like Unix and impacting dominant companies like Microsoft..."

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