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Philippine Inquirer: Is it Time for Linux?

Jun 27, 2000, 03:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joey G. Alarilla)

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"THIS Linux thing is the second coming of Unix-and this time, we're going to win. In an e-mail interview with Infotech, this was the stirring declaration of Eric S. Raymond (www.tuxedo.org/~esr), one of the founders of the Open Source Initiative (www.opensource.org)."

"From the obscure plaything of geeks, techies and hackers, Linux is now one of the world's most popular operating systems and application development platforms, even as its penguin mascot is now one of the most recognizable icons."

"Major IT vendors that used to cling to their big, bad proprietary ways are tripping all over themselves to declare that, "Hey, we're cool and true believers of open source." And from being the industry's fastest growing server OS-particularly for Web servers-Linux is scaling both up and down. Even as vendors like IBM Corp. are moving it up to the enterprise computing level, desktop graphical user interface and embedded Linux initiatives aim to make Linux the platform for a whole gamut of devices-from PCs, palmtops, mobiles and other intelligent appliances and embedded systems."

"For instance, just last week IBM Philippines launched in the country its Linux port for the S/390 transaction server. In the international scene, Compaq stated that its iPaq handhelds would not only support Microsoft Corp.'s PalmPC Windows CE specification but also Linux, and Linux is increasingly seen as another handheld platform of choice that would compete with the popular Palm OS."

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