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Florida Today: Linux Offers Cheap Alternative

Feb 16, 2000, 07:40 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Kridler)

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"Beneath the roar accompanying the release of Windows 2000 on Thursday is a conspiratorial whisper. There's an alternative to Microsoft's sophisticated new business operating system, it says, and it has a name we're hearing more and more: Linux...."

"I have great hope that Microsoft will be strengthened by this competition with Linux," said Anthony Awtrey, group chairman and computer consultant, "because, God knows, this lack of competition has turned out some of the worst software I've had to work with...."

"Stripping down Linux to run a few essential programs on a server is what Awtrey calls being able to "hot rod the system." And that means it can be "blindingly fast," he said, unlike Windows software that comes with a ton of memory-eating features, whether you need them or not."

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