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Fox Market Wire: How Long Can the Linux Bandwagon Last?

Jan 22, 2000, 22:09 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Armstrong)

"On January 10, the same day Caldera settled its lawsuit against Microsoft, the small Orem, Utah-based software company filed for an initial public offering that could net it over a half billion dollars."

"While the terms of the settlement were not made public, the analogy played out in the press was that David came out of the desert and slew Goliath. Caldera, which markets a Linux-based operating system, had charged that Microsoft's dominance of the market was anti-competitive. Some reports estimate that Microsoft, while not admitting guilt, coughed up $155 million in the settlement."

"But more importantly, the proceedings could be seen as further evidence that the Redmond, Wash., giant has something to fear from companies peddling Linux systems and services. Linux, based on a free, "open source" software code that can be downloaded from the Internet, is rapidly being seen as the only viable alternative to Microsoft's operating systems. Some estimates say that a third of all servers are using a Linux operating system."

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