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Canada Computes: The Digital Academy: John 'Maddog' Hall talks Linux

May 24, 2000, 03:13 (1 Talkback[s])
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"...There are documented cases of Linux systems being up and running for three years. Linux users are very surprised if the system ever locks or fails. Reliability is the key requirement for any serious computing system, whether a server or a desktop. Linux is also a true multitasking operating system. It's available for a free download, and if you're patient, you can get free bug fixes. And it offers freedom from Microsoft."

"For consumers to find Linux en masse, two things have to happen. First, the tier one PC makers like Dell, Compaq and IBM will offer Linux pre-installed as an operating system choice. Second, it has to be visible at the store level, which is difficult. Stores only have so much shelf space and they order on the basis of volume of systems sold."

"In 1994, there were about 125,000 Linux users. In 1999, about 12 million. The estimate for Linux systems in 2000 is 20-25 million."

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