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Internet Week: Linux Repositioned For PC, High-End Apps

Aug 22, 2000, 15:31 (3 Talkback[s])

"Linux may be moving off the farm and onto a PC or high-end server near you. The open-source operating system, frequently deployed in farms of single- and dual-processor Intel servers, is limited mostly to Web serving and other low-end applications. Companies have been reluctant to deploy Linux on the desktop or as a big back-end application server because of missing functionality. Linux vendors and developers aim to change that."

"Some Linux supporters said they hope to see the combination of Linux, Gnome, StarOffice and Netscape become a contender to Microsoft's Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. Sun also said Gnome will be the default user interface on its Solaris operating system for workstations and servers."

"Meantime, the Linux community is beefing up Linux as a powerful application server platform. The long-awaited version 2.4 of the kernel, due late this year, will add increased multiprocessing support. That capacity boost-combined with a journaling filesystem and support for Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor-will make Linux more suitable for high-end functions, such as large databases and ERP applications. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sun and other Unix vendors are also doing their part to scale Linux. By modifying their operating systems to run Linux applications, they're effectively clearing a growth path for Linux apps from low-end Linux servers to high-end Unix systems."

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