"In every single interview I conducted, vendors volunteered
that they had noticed a recent shift in customers' attitudes about
"In the early days, virtually all of the interest in the OS came
from programmers, hackers who were interested in exploring the
operating system for technology's sake. Open source zealots and
random gearheads loved Linux."
"About a year ago, the tech guys started sneaking Linux into the
corporations where they worked. They used 'em as firewalls or
servers in limited-scale pilot programs. They compared the
operating system's stability and operating costs to Windows NT's.
They wrote simple apps and compared distributions."
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