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SF Gate: LinuxWorld Goes Mainstream High--tech giants embrace free operating system

Aug 16, 2000, 16:46 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Norr)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"LinuxWorld Conference and Expo was in past years the province mainly of little-known distributors and developers of the upstart computer-operating system, but this year the show floor is dominated by giant booths sponsored by the likes of Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and even Sun Microsystems."

"Notably but not surprisingly absent was Microsoft. Linux, which is developed cooperatively by thousands of developers around the world and available free to anyone who wants to use it, is posing an increasingly credible threat, at least in some markets, to Microsoft's Windows operating systems."

"One sign of Linux's changing role was a keynote speech by Michael Dell, chief executive of Dell Computer, who has long been considered one of Microsoft's most loyal supporters in the industry. In past years, most LinuxWorld speakers were gurus in the open-source movement, the worldwide network of volunteer developers who cooperatively maintain and enhance Linux and related software."

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