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Datamation: Linux legitimacy

Feb 24, 1999, 10:14 (5 Talkback[s])

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"With its grassroots legacy, Linux has captured the hearts and minds of many IT professionals. But without more mainstream services and support, this hot OS may neverreach mission-critical status."

"Linux has been generating quite a buzz lately. Its unusual development team--thousands of volunteer programmers collaborating over the Internet--and reputation for reliability have made the UNIX-like operating system the subject of recent articles in U.S. News & World Report The Wall Street Journal, as well as a cover story in Fortune magazine. Intel and Netscape have sunk money into Red Hat Software, the operating system's largest commercial distributor. Apple Computer Inc., IBM, Oracle Corp., and Sun Microsystems Inc. all recently announced ports. And Applix Inc., Ardent Software, Corel Corp., Dell Computer Inc. and Informix Corp. have all jumped on the Linux bandwagon."

"What's going on at Boeing with Linux is similar to what's happening at oil services and measurement systems provider Schlumberger Ltd., at Xerox Corp., at the Eastman Kodak Co., and at many other large corporations. Linux is finding growing acceptance as a Web server, as a file server, and for lots of other departmental-level applications. It's 'seeping its way into the corporate infrastructure,' says David Sims, a Linux supporter who works as a technical manager in Schlumberger's Information Technology group."

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