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"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."

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