"Linux will remain a key technology to watch next year, and the
action should begin in the first quarter following the release of
Version 2.4 of the Linux kernel, which should usher in significant
advances. Linux creator Linus Torvalds has said the 2.4 kernel is
likely to become available this month, so the first 2.4-based Linux
distributions should ship in the first quarter of next year."
"Linux has enjoyed a highly successful run since the current 2.2
kernel shipped in January 1999. Vendors of enterprise-critical
server applications-high-end databases, application servers, Web
storefronts, firewalls and such-have embraced Linux en masse. Most
large server manufacturers now offer and support Linux on their
hardware. Likewise, vendors of network appliances have made
generous use of the low-cost, highly customizable and highly
reliable operating system."
"Like the sellers, buyers in corporate IT have migrated to
Linux-based servers of many types, including Web, Domain Name
System, file and print, Internet access, and e-mail. Linux is
particularly popular for departmental use, where loads are
relatively light and management is handled remotely."