"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
"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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