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Internet Week: Linux Undergoes E-Commerce Test

Aug 09, 1999, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

"Linux suppliers are pitching their bundles as a low-cost way to set up online businesses, playing to IT's need to demonstrate a return on e-commerce investments."

"VA Linux Systems will use this week's Linuxworld Expo in San Jose, Calif., to introduce rack-mountable Intel-Linux servers, in part designed for large data centers supporting e-commerce operations. It follows closely an e-commerce software bundle from Linux distributor Red Hat Inc., whose much-anticipated IPO may launch as early as this week."

"Evangelists of the open-source operating system have a lot to prove if they are to persuade IT managers to extend their use of Linux from departmental applications to mission-critical e-business. Among the obstacles is low scalability and limited Linux applications for transaction processing, payment processing, invoicing and cataloging, analysts said."

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