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Salon 21st: Linux bandwagon starts to groan

Feb 18, 1999, 08:34 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Witness the latest news -- IBM's decision not only to start shipping computers loaded with Linux, but also to port its groupware software, Lotus Domino and Notes, to Linux. Corel has released WordPerfect 8 for Linux. And, perhaps most intriguingly, Intuit is rumored to be planning a version of Quicken for Linux."

"Cynics might wonder whether IBM, Corel and possibly Intuit really see a market for their applications in Linux users, or whether the companies are simply agile players of the public relations game. In today's overheated media frenzy over open source or free software, there's no better way to get your name or the name of a particular product splashed all over the trade press than to announce that you're jumping aboard the Linux bandwagon. Still, the momentum is undeniable: The entire computing industry is rushing to place its bets on Linux -- with one notable exception."

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