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SysAdmin: Legitimizing Linux

Dec 27, 1999, 19:21 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon "maddog" Hall)

"During the past year, Linux has "grown" to meet many needs. While still growing its market share as a server system for ISP-style activities, it has also formed projects to facilitate real-time, supercomputers, embedded systems, and ubiquitous computing. Major computer companies are now supporting Linux, and major application vendors (such as SAP and the database vendors) are now confident that Linux can supply their needs in various situations.

"About four years ago, I was fairly despondent about UNIX. It seemed as if the major computer companies bringing out UNIX systems were giving away the playing field to Microsoft. Their theory was that they should cede the desktop to Microsoft, and they would use UNIX for the server systems...."

"Then along came Linux, and slowly the tide began to change. Students who were interested in how a real operating system worked discovered Linux. They began putting up their own Web servers, setting up their own mailing lists, and doing their own systems administration as they would on a larger, more powerful system. They started coming out of college with more knowledge of how to do systems administration and large-scale programming than even their predecessors of the Berkeley era. More importantly, UNIX was fun and exciting again, due to Linux."

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