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FairfaxIT: Linux battles the biggies in major switch

Sep 21, 1999, 05:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Braue)

"THE Linux operating system is rapidly gaining acceptance as a desktop operating system and already has a strong presence in the server market, particularly with the Internet service providers that use it to host Web sites, e-mail and other services. Recognising the platform's stability and expandability, however, a number of hardware and software vendors are taking Linux into a new sphere as they integrate it into a broad range of new products."

"NBase-Xyplex, a provider of high-end networking equipment, threw its weight behind Linux with the May launch of its OSR8040 Open System Linux switch router, a critical device that steers data between company and Internet networks. While routers from market leaders such as Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks have long been based on proprietary operating systems, NBase-Xyplex's choice to use Linux marks a notable departure from this trend."

"Many router operating systems are derivatives of Unix anyway, but with Linux you've got a reasonable base for a routing operating system without having to do things from the ground up."

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