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Jan 31, 2000, 17:17 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Skinny servers stacked up by the dozen are rapidly becoming the preferred way for PC companies to squeeze profits out of the popularity of the free Linux operating systems.

Several factors--relatively low cost, high reliability and network-friendliness--make Linux a good choice for companies that need lots of servers to handle tasks such as delivering Web pages or funneling requests to a back-end database. Such tasks will get easier with the arrival of new products from Penguin Computing, SGI, IBM and Network Engines.

The announcements are the opening volleys of the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo that begins this week in New York. The conference has grown rapidly with the widespread adoption of Linux, a clone of the Unix operating system and a competitor to Microsoft's Windows NT."

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