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Smart Partner: Only Two Linux Companies [Red Hat & Caldera] Really Matter

Jun 27, 2000, 19:40 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph C. Panettieri)

"The Linux market is starting to resemble the cola wars, where Coke and Pepsi dominate and everyone else battles for shelf space. In the case of Linux, Red Hat and Caldera have the fizz, while other players like Corel, SuSE and TurboLinux leave me feeling flat."

"Like it or not, major hardware vendors and corporate America don't want to support five or more flavors of Linux. It's just too darned expensive and troublesome to deal with multiple operating-system vendors."

"It's time for some Linux market consolidation, and you're about to see it. Just last week, Dell agreed to offer Red Hat Linux as a standard option across its hardware. And IBM now develops its Linux apps first for Red Hat and Caldera, before moving on to support SuSE and TurboLinux. ... Non-Linux providers also could take a hit. Just last week, Weather.com rained on Sun's parade by dumping Solaris and switching to IBM Netfinity servers running Linux."

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