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ServerWatch: Enterprise Unix Roundup: Novell Navigates Linux Ice Floe

Oct 17, 2004, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"We'll admit to a certain fascination with 'new Linux company' stories. They're a blend of straightforward 'change in direction' combined with a hint of courtship.

"Vendors venturing into the Linux market have two constituencies to win over: They must convince enterprises that they're not just chasing open source moonshine over a cliff in a doomed grasp at some trendy mind share, and they have to convince the Linux enthusiasts that they're not going through the motions of getting penguin religion without offering anything back.

"IBM set a few examples. It devoted tangible resources to Linux development, contributed to some early success stories with engineering efforts and deployments, and made a point of courting the fractious Linux community. It didn't convince everybody, but don't think for a second that the outrage over SCO's $5 billion suit would be as intense if HP were the defendant..."

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