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eWeek: The state of Linux: Live free or die? - Moving up to mission-critical

Jan 29, 2001, 20:23 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"It's a common refrain among IT managers today. For as far as Linux has come--and the release of the Linux 2.4 kernel earlier this month has brought a range of additional enterprise functionality to the open-source operating system--there is still a way to go before it becomes a true mission-critical, enterprise-class system that can effectively compete with the Unix and Windows platforms."

"Michael Tiemann, chief technology officer at Linux vendor Red Hat Inc., in Durham, N.C., summed this up recently. "While there are many definitions of what constitutes an enterprise-class operating system, I think it would be fair to characterize Linux as a rookie Tiger Woods, full of potential that has yet to be realized," Tiemann said."

"Greg Olson, the co-founder and chairman of Sendmail Inc., in Emeryville, Calif., which uses an IBM Linux mainframe for development and runs a host of Linux servers, wants more enterprise features. Olson agrees that Linux is clearly enterprise-ready at the server level for certain applications like e-mail, e-commerce and Web servers, but he said it lags with regard to running other mission-critical applications like financials and CRM."

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