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Enterprise Systems Journal: It's Deja Vu All Over Again

Jun 30, 1999, 16:53 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Simpson)

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"You may be wondering what many asked me at the show: 'What's the Editor in Chief of Enterprise Systems Journal doing at Linux Expo?' ...The fact is I wanted to be there, much like all of the corporate IS directors (you know the guys and gals who spend the big bucks) who were jumping from booth to booth alongside the more, shall we say, 'casual' attendees."

"...this year it was movin' and shakin' and there was a definite, dare I say, commercial charge to the floor. On the exhibit floor, which never really seemed to slow down, modern zealots met with representatives from traditional agnostics, like SGI, HP, Fujitsu, Oracle and Sun, right alongside Linux stalwarts, like Penguin, Caldera, Linuxcare and, of course, RedHat. Oh yeah, and IBM was there."

"But is Linux really enterprise-ready? ... Well, depending on whom you ask, Linux has been/is now/is very soon to be/or nearly-almost sometime-in-the-next-three-years ready to be a key part of today's corporate enterprise. Unless, of course, you ask 10 people from Microsoft. I won't go into how Linux should have Gates and gang quaking; rather, loyal Linuxites need to look at NT as not only the competition, but also as the model – the model they should not let happen to their OS."

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