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Austin American-Statesman: Linux software opening Windows of opportunities

Sep 05, 2001, 06:47 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Network computing makes individual hard drives part of a system accessible from any machine, a boon to users who have more freedom and system administrators, who can install and maintain software from a centralized location. To make the system work, however, this often requires a whole new set of programs, which makes users wary.

"It's been the Holy Grail to move to the network," says Jim Curtin, president and chief executive of NeTraverse Inc. "But they've always tried to kill the whole stack, saying, 'Take not only this new operating system, but new applications as well.' "

"That's when the users come in. They don't want you to take away what they know and love."

NeTraverse, a year-old Austin startup, has developed software that Curtin thinks solve the problem. The company's software, for personal computers and servers, emulates the Windows operating system on computers running Linux, a free or low-cost alternative to the dominant software. (Linux doesn't carry the hefty licensing fees of proprietary operating systems such as Windows, so NeTraverse's products can be one-tenth the cost of most proprietary programs.)"

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