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IT-Director.com: Linux: The Penguin Marches On

Nov 10, 2001, 01:28 (28 Talkback[s])
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"IBM informs us that it has over 300 zSeries customers who are piloting Linux. It also claims that a further 400 are likely to get involved in pilots. The zSeries is the current brand name for the S390 mainframe. So we are witnessing a significant interest in Linux from big companies (by and large, it is only big corporates that have mainframes).

To this news, we can add the remarkable conversion of Amazon to the Linux cause. Amazon.com, the online retailer, claimed in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission to have cut technology expenses by $17 million (about 25 percent, from $71m to $54m). It attributed the bulk of this impressive cost saving to a migration from Unix to Linux, although it also managed to cut some of its data and telecommunication services costs.

Linux now appears to have somewhere in the region of 30 percent of the server market, although much of the anecdotal evidence suggests that it is taking more business away from Unix that it is from Windows NT. In reality, this should be what we should expect ? after all migrating to Linux from Unix is easier and most software will port from one to the other."

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