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Inter@ctive Week: OS Woes [Startups, Win2k, Linux, and Solaris]

Feb 24, 2000, 21:53 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

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"Start-ups that are extremely cost-conscious and wary of long-term license commitments, however, will consider free Solaris or Linux, or a combination of the two. In two instances - mPower, an online 401(k) investment advisory firm in San Francisco, and HomeWarehouse.-com, an online home improvement store in San Mateo, Calif. - Linux runs the Web servers, while Solaris runs the application or database servers. Indeed, I expect this Big Brother/Little Brother combination to appear at more of the start-ups dotting the Net."

"For one thing, the expertise of one transfers to some extent upward or downward. For another, some of those shops betting on Linux are betting it will grow almost as fast as they will, and their need for a Big Brother system will be limited or disappear."

"...the severity of the migration - Windows 2000 is not guaranteed to run every existing Windows application - means IT managers will spend months checking out the early releases. 'With any true major product migration, you create a fairly significant opportunity for alternative software,' says Rob Enderle at Giga Information Group."

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