InfoWorld: Looking back on LinuxWorld
Aug 17, 2000, 22:17 (0 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"From Adaptec to Zend Technologies, more than 200 exhibitors
were on hand to demonstrate that Linux is primed to become a major
force in enterprise computing. And the presence of nearly every
major computer maker at the trade show convinced many attendees
that Linux's time has come."
"There are a lot of big players here," said Jerry Deruntz, a
senior CAD systems engineer at Lattice Semiconductor, in Sunnyvale,
Calif. "That signifies that Linux is moving into the enterprise.
...Deruntz also pointed to the availability of e-business-related
technologies and the potential for ERP (enterprise resource
planning) applications on Linux as reasons why Linux could become
an enterprise contender. Deruntz said that a number of the vendors
his company already works with on platforms other than Linux are
now supporting the open-source OS, and that creates potential for
his company to move easily to it."
"Larry Walls, CIO of Huntsville Hospital System, in Huntsville,
Ala., said seeing IBM, HP, Compaq, and Sun unite around the GNOME
desktop environment, which simplifies the Linux interface and that
very likely could integrate Linux with other Unix operating
systems, satisfies his desire to see Linux on the PC. But, he said,
more work must be done."