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FairfaxIT: A second look at Linux

Mar 15, 1999, 19:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graeme Philipson)

"I WAS wrong. Last Decem-ber in this column I made 10 predictions for 1999. One of them will not happen."

"The prediction was a negative one. I said that Linux, a newish operating system gathering a lot of publicity, would not in fact amount to much and that it would have no chance of challenging the big players."

"I now believe that Linux will be very big, and that it constitutes the biggest threat to the established order since the Windows NT boom began about four years ago."

"Why have I changed my mind? First, let me explain why I thought Linux would not be important. A significant amount of my work over the past six or seven years has involved a detailed analysis of the hardware and software in widespread use in corporate and government organisations throughout Asia Pacific."

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