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CRN: Linux Mania [Spreads to Corporate Data Center]

Apr 02, 2000, 05:16 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hailey Lynne McKeefry)

"Linux, a long-standing darling of technologists and programmers because of its robustness and flexibility, has made it into the corporate mainstream, as high-tech heavy hitters including IBM Corp. and Oracle Corp. move their business applications to the platform."

""Many of the enterprise-class applications have recognized the obvious benefits of Linux,including stability, simplicity and lower cost,so that they are providing applications on the platform," says Richard Finlayson, director of business development at Cobalt Networks Inc., Mountain View, Calif. "Today, there are very few important products that are not available on Linux.""

"Corporate management now views Linux as an option, and their customers are looking at Linux-based solutions for their e-business efforts, rather than using them on an ad hoc basis."

"...the sky's the limit for integrators in the Linux market, especially those with Unix expertise. "A lot of [solution providers] we deal with have skillsets in the Unix world that are transferable to this segment," says Michael Daseke, CTO at Netier Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of thin-client hardware and software in Carrollton, Texas."

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