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CRN: Storage Bringing Visibility To Linux

Feb 18, 2000, 22:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph F. Kovar)

"Increased availability of new products supporting the Linux operating system, especially on the data-storage front, may not always lead directly to increased sales of hardware to small and midsize businesses, said resellers. However, such products indirectly support resellers' sales efforts by bringing more visibility to Linux.

In general, Linux does not have a lot of problems with compatibility or support, said Kent McNall, president of Apropos Retail Management Systems Inc., a Lynnwood, Wash.-based reseller of Linux-based PCs, servers and point-of-sale (POS) systems. While announcements of vendor support help sell Linux systems, there is no direct correlation, said McNall. 'However, the fact that all these companies are coming out with Linux support helps raise awareness of the operating system.' "

"A number of vendors took advantage of the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, held last month in New York, to introduce Linux-compatible storage products."

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