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NetworkWorld: The trek ahead [to the enterprise]

Jun 20, 2000, 04:38 (5 Talkback[s])

"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 pricing."

"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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