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Linux.com: 1999: The Year of the Penguin?

Dec 11, 1999, 17:39 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

"Linux has been the buzzword throughout the computer industry for well over a year now. This past year has seen incredible growth for Linux in virtually every aspect. What started out as a college project by one lonely Scandinavian has become the fastest growing operating system in the IT world today. The success of Linux is well deserved, as it has enjoyed a worldwide development effort the likes of which has never been seen before. Linux is a relative teenager when compared to the venerable UNIX, developed in the late 60s, and even the various Microsoft operating systems that have been around in one form or another since the early 80s. Let's take a look at what this year has meant to Linux as an operating system, and the greater Linux community."

"The computer heavyweights pick up Linux and run with it. Dell, IBM, HP, and Compaq have all begun offering systems shipped pre-installed with the Linux operating system. This allows for companies to forego the time and worry of getting a Linux system installed from scratch, not to mention paying for another operating system which they do not intend to use. This also gives companies and individuals the peace of mind and confidence that the system they purchase will be able to run Linux without having the worry of hardware support for some device in the system. These companies are offering Linux systems on a wide variety of platforms, from the higher end quad-processor servers, to the much more typical desktop systems. This choice by the big boys in the PC manufacturing arena is further validation of the success of Linux, and is a vote of confidence in the continued growth and success of Linux in general."

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