"Linux started gaining popularity as sort of an "underground
product" supported by "free-spirited users" in some of the
universities around the world. As it became known for being
practical in its early years-transforming an aging PC into a useful
file server, Linux has gone a long way from becoming a
stereotypical geek's OS to gaining a wide following. It was even
reported on a previous customer satisfaction poll how Linux
outperformed all the other operating environments including
Microsoft's Windows in terms of interoperability, cost of
ownership, price and availability."
"In the case of the Philippines, though no data could rate
its wide following in the local market, Linux is already considered
one of the fastest growing platforms for the back-end side.
This was revealed by Iphil Communications Inc. president Fernando
Contreras Jr. Aside from being an ISP, Iphil provides commercial
Linux training and support."
"Linux, in reality, is not a geeky operating system," stressed
Contreras. This impression, he added, was only earned by Linux
because its main usage is on the back-end or the server side.
Contreras predicted that Linux may futher shed off its limiting
image soon as its usage would make it more and more common with the
emergence of Internet and e-commerce. For most people going into
e-commerce, Linux is now becoming an alternative choice and a valid
solution for key server products,'' he said."