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Australian IT: Softly, softly, Linux is creeping up

Jul 04, 2000, 23:49 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Don't tell the boss but the programmers' pet, Linux, is running the shop. And it seems Windows 2000 will be the loser."

"Linux is starting to emerge from the skunkworks, running some of Australia's high-profile websites - albeit in stealth mode.

"Not yet accepted as a standard operating environment, Linux is nonetheless running about 14,000 local web servers, according to Netcraft. These include some of the busiest - Telstra's White and Yellow Pages, Travel.com.au, Centrebet, Corporate Express, Tribe and several News Limited (publisher of The Australian) such as news.com.au and afl.com.au."

"Large corporates using Linux often do not inform customers or shareholders of its use, says Michael Ciavarella, director of Linux consulting and training firm Cybersource. "They're still a little bit afraid of going off the mainstream...."

"In the past two years, Linux has steadily eaten away at the installed base of Windows NT and Unix servers and has been adopted by many online start-ups as a cheaper, more stable, secure and easily maintained alternative."

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