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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Can Linux Grow Up?

Aug 16, 2000, 16:05 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"It will come as a surprise to many--sometimes I forget it myself--but Linux has become more than a hobbyist operating system for interested persons to futz around with."

"It will come as no surprise, too, that there is a view, probably the prevailing view, that Linux will never be the robust operating system that enterprises demand. Admittedly, this view is ironic, because the commercial operating systems that are said to be business-class are typically less stable and less secure than Linux."

"But honest observers will recognize that there are some serious problems in Linux. (By "Linux," I mean a full distribution, not just the kernel.) Some of us all the time, and all of us sometimes, approach much of Linux as if it were a computer game, the goal of which is to get something to compile and work reliably. An industrial-strength operating system would have successful operation as a laughably bare minimum."

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