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osViews: Can Linux Save IT Jobs in America?

Jan 21, 2004, 12:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Douglas Chick)

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"As computer jobs have been diluted in the U.S. with lay-offs and being sent away to other countries, the implementation of Linux has hardly slowed down. Linux, originally of foreign origins, is quickly becoming the operating system to keep jobs in America.

"In the 80s and mid-90s, it was computer people that made Netware the dominant server operating system, and it was also computer people that overturned the Netware operating system with NT because Microsoft offered a cheaper alternative, promising higher wages for all those that became MCSEs. At the very first sign of economic decline, these same people were the first sacrificed and lost their jobs to cheaper wages and alternative methods of outsourcing. Monopolizing on the fears of corporate America, many companies like Microsoft began to market their new product line on the premise that purchasing their software will allow you to reduce your IT department even further. Or at least that's the impression that is given from the Windows 2003 commercials..."

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