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NewsFactor: Linux Users Willing To Pay the Price

May 16, 2003, 08:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Not that long ago, the common wisdom was that all Linux users were open-source zealots who would not sully their hands on proprietary software. Common wisdom--as it so often does--has turned out to be dead wrong. In fact, many commercial vendors are finding there is a market for their wares among Linux devotees.

"What is happening is that the user base for Linux is broadening dramatically as the technology becomes more mature. IT managers are 'approaching [Linux] without the open-source framework or philosophy,' Peter Heller, senior director of applications marketing at Oracle, told NewsFactor.

"There is still an abundance of purists, but joining their ranks are pragmatists who see Linux as a reliable, money-saving platform to run their business or to develop on..."

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