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ZDNet UK: Business beckons as Linux tools ship; Compaq voices Linux doubts

Feb 05, 2001, 15:24 (13 Talkback[s])

"Several pieces of the Linux enterprise jigsaw fell into place last week with product releases from blue-chip vendors, including IBM and Dell. However, Compaq argued that Linux will not be widely used as a core enterprise platform."

"LinuxWorld Expo in New York saw a 64-processor Numa-Q server from IBM able to run Linux applications on its Dynix operating system, a deal for Dell to bundle Oracle 9i software on Linux servers, the release of Borland's Kylix toolkit to port Windows applications to Linux, and the launch of an update to the open source MySQL database."

"But Compaq chief executive Michael Capellas said he expects Linux to play only a peripheral role in enterprise computing. "We see Linux being positioned around the edge, taking share from SCO and Novell. The advantage of Linux is low cost. I don't see the need for proprietary layers on Linux to make it scale up," Capellas said."

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