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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Humbler, more mature IT industry braces for wild 2001; Linux goes enterprise

Jan 01, 2001, 12:32 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Gillin)

"This was a year of crises avoided and nightmares realized. It started well enough with computers around the world vaulting nimbly over the millennial date change and defying forecasts of catastrophe. But not long after, the dot-com bubble burst and the stock market began its steady descent into madness."

"Microsoft wins slam-dunk victory in court
An appeals court overturns Judge Jackson's breakup ruling, citing numerous procedural flaws in the lower-court proceedings. The Bush administration couldn't be less interested in pursuing the matter and Microsoft emerges from its three-year legal battle unscathed."

"Linux enters the enterprise
History will remember 2001 as the year that Linux breached the walls of corporate America. Two big factors drive the phenomenon: Microsoft's continuing difficulties in convincing IT managers that Windows 2000 is anything more than NT with a new suit and a haircut and Sun's full-scale endorsement of Linux as a core OS. Over Scott McNealy's dead body, you say? Remember that Sun is an eminently practical company that has no reservations about changing course if it thinks the tides are shifting. It will embrace Linux in an instant if the Unix community as a whole heads in that direction."

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