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TechNewsWorld: Linux, Microsoft and the 64-Bit Decade

Sep 24, 2003, 11:30 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Linux remains overmatched in the 32-bit world on the desktop. There is just too large a base of Windows users and related applications for Linux to dominate the market in a reasonable period of time. However, transitions breed change, and the industry is about to take a big step into the 64-bit world, where the playing field is either level or actually might favor Linux.

"Unix still owns the 64-bit server space. Microsoft, as always, has moved into this space with an impressive bundle of tools, but 64-bit servers power the most conservative and mission-critical areas of computing--areas that are much more concerned with security and reliability than with the benefits associated with using Windows. In fact, 64-bit server environments tend to be highly customized, which nearly eliminates the core benefits--including ease of use and compatibility--normally associated with Microsoft's platform..."

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