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Information Week: Linux gets stronger

Oct 20, 1999, 15:05 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Levitt)

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"You can't buy advertising this good. When Microsoft takes time out to publish a point-by-point attack of your software product (www.micro soft.com/ntserver/nts/news/msnw/Linux Myths.asp), you must be on to something. And since Linux and related products command only a thimbleful of IT purchasing, I can only assume that Microsoft is going to do anything it can to derail the Linux hype machine before Linux can compete more effectively."

"Microsoft's rant makes some good points about Linux's weaker aspects. But when one recalls what a joke Windows NT Server 4.0 was a mere three years ago, it's clear that the weak can get stronger through perseverance. The Oct. 4 update of Red Hat Linux 6.1 proves that Linux is adroitly moving ahead."

"High availability is starting to be addressed with the addition of Piranha, software that lets you build a two-node Linux cluster. The key element is the Linux Virtual Server kernel routing patch that lets the two-node cluster act as a front end for a Linux Web and FTP server farm."

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