ComputerUser: Penguins running wild

“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


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