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ComputerUser: Penguins running wild

Jan 02, 2001, 21:24 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Davies)

"Don't look now, but e-business is growing webbed feet. E-commerce, e-procurement networks, B2B partnerships, e-marketplaces--they're all ripe for exploitation by Linux, the upstart OS sporting the penguin logo."

"Linux is already a force in Web serving, Internet security and e-mail, both in the private sector and governments around the world. Linux is the leading choice for Web deployment, powering 30 percent of all public Web sites, according to a study conducted last May by Netcraft, Inc.. The Feds, impressed by Linux's low cost and rugged efficiency, have installed Linux networks at the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the Census Bureau. TurboLinux Inc., a San Francisco-based Linux distributor, recently sealed a deal to supply the Chinese Ministry of Information with thousands of Linux units as it embarks on a nationwide ISP rollout."

"Linux was in the spotlight at Comdex last month, its rich capabilities showcased in the booths of industry leaders such as Red Hat, Inc., VA Linux Systems, and Caldera Systems, as well as dozens of lesser-known vendors of server clustering, firewalls, databases, and other Linux-based solutions."

"Now the freely distributed OS has its sights set on e-business applications--a lucrative, exploding market dominated by Unix and Microsoft."

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