"Despite its successes, the Linux operating system faces a
number of challenges before it can be accepted as a world-class
enterprise operating system. Those challenges include competing
against well-established and heavily funded rivals such as Windows
NT and various types of Unix, and hype-wary network managers
re-evaluating the operating system's worth."
"Observers say the brainchild of Linus Torvalds has more
than hype to thank for its popularity: Linux is, above all else, a
stable operating system with a loyal developer community that
supports itself. At the end of the day those two factors are
helping Linux adapt quickly to end-user demands for more features
and stability. Those are the keys to success in a market that has
little patience for bugs, poor performance and steep
"The Linux community is focusing on developing features such as
server clustering, management tools and solid desktop interfaces -
things they hope will keep end users turning their way for
technology. ... "From a business perspective, the best thing that
we can do is create software that companies can deploy today," says
Ransom Love, president and CEO of Caldera Systems."
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