"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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