CNET News.com: The week’s news: Change pounds PC industry

“Linux and Java will form the core of a brave new computer world
that is centered on the Internet and eventually bypasses Microsoft,
according to the worldview of database company Oracle. The company
will give Linux developers free versions of its new flagship
“Internet database” Oracle 8i software, which finally began
shipping this week, two months after the company’s initial release

“Linux founder Linus Torvalds said developers must also focus on
smaller, less glamorous systems in an address at the LinuxWorld
Expo and Conference. The open source movement should further be
mindful of “splintering,” distributors acknowledged, but ultimately
they don’t fear that the operating system will become saddled with
different versions.”


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