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Linux Journal: Linux in Government: Winning in the Big Enterprise Space

Jun 22, 2004, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

"In December 2003, a sound byte in the media mentioned an enterprise alliance, not unlike hundreds we have read in the past. This time, six Linux distributors--Red Hat, SuSE, Miracle Linux, Turbolinux, Red Flag and Conectiva--joined with BakBone Software to form what they called the Linux Advantage. The aim of the alliance was to provide another enterprise move to bolster Linux.

"The sound byte had all the trimmings of so many others we have heard before. Peter Eck of BakBone provided the required quote, saying that their product would 'aggressively accelerate their Linux adoption plans.' Peter Galli of eWeek quoted a senior software engineer and an executive of SuSE. It all looked like another reengineered press release made to sound like a big story. This story would have made Linux stocks jump a few years ago, but in December 2003, it had all the pizazz of a yawn..."

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