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Forbes: Linux momentum grows with Big Blue alliance

Feb 24, 1999, 15:18 (1 Talkback[s])


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"IBM's endorsement of Linux will enable even more information systems managers to consider Linux as a viable alternative to other operating systems, according to Bob Young, who heads privately held distributor Red Hat Software. Since 1994, Red Hat has been distributing a CD-ROM containing the Linux operating system and related applications for about $50. IBM currently plans to distribute Red Hat's version with its servers, desktops and laptops."

"That vendor, in many cases, is Microsoft (nasd: MSFT). Young is careful not to call Linux a 'Windows killer,' as many hopeful Microsoft foes have done. But he does admit that his company's product competes squarely with the Windows NT server operating system, and that future growth for Linux could mean slower growth for Microsoft. 'They were well on their way to taking a monopoly in the small server market, if it hadn't been for a new alternative,' he says. 'We don't think we're going to take any existing customers away from Microsoft. But we can capture our share of new users of applications.'"

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