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osOpinion: The Monster in Your Basement

Jun 16, 2000, 06:43 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gareth Barnard)

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"IBM's rationale for Linux/390 is that it should be a platform for Web hosting. One great strength of the S/390 is its bus bandwidth. Imagine that all Linux-related sites are hosted on one S/390. Suppose that Copyleft has a T-shirt with Microsoft's proprietary Kerberos spec printed on it. Slashdot might have a form that allows you to purchase the shirt without going to Copyleft's web site. If you have already logged on to Slashdot, it can transfer a cookie to Copyleft internally so that Copyleft can get all the pertinent information about you. Slashdotters will scream that their rights are being violated, but they will quieten down quickly because they enjoy being violated.'

"But there is something else which must make Big Blue people chortle with glee and cause sleepless nights in Redmond; application hosting. Yes, we have heard that this is going to be Microsoft's Next Big Thing. Supposedly Windows 2000 Data Center will run on symmetrical multi-processing machines with up to 32 processors. But it will have to be customized for each hardware configuration, so don't expect to see it anytime soon. On the other hand, Linux/390 is here now and the S/390 already has the required internal bandwidth. Imagine a spreadsheet that runs within a web browser. When you change a number in a cell, the host does all the number-crunching and transmits only those cells whose values have changed.'

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