"Linux first infiltrated the enterprise world as an Internet
workhorse, offering a reliable platform for infrastructure needs
such as Web and DNS servers. Then commercial applications appeared,
and Linux proved itself as a viable Unix alternative."
"Now, Linux is bulking up, showing signs of becoming a
viable high-end computing platform that combines mainframe-quality
performance with a breadth of application support and
Net-friendliness that no conventional legacy platform can
"The most dramatic example of Linux's move up the enterprise
food chain is the debut earlier this year of Linux for IBM's
(stock: IBM) System 390 mainframes. With IBM's blessing and
support, corporate IT departments can now run Linux apps on their
big iron, using the available mainframe processing cycles even more
cost-efficiently to meet the company's e-business
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