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Nando Times/AP: Linux system sends shivers through tech industry

Aug 17, 2000, 12:51 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cliff Edwards)

"Who would have thought a cute, smiling penguin could engender such fear?"

"It can when it serves as the mascot for Linux. One after another, companies attending the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here are portraying the so-called open-source movement as the great equalizer, capable of reducing giants to dwarfs and making paupers patrons as new electronic applications begin to flow freely and fast."

"Companies developing everything from wristwatches to electronic organizers to supercomputers are flocking to Linux because the platform allows anyone to tinker with the operating system to fit individual needs, while freeing them from paying costly licensing fees. That helps keep down the price and can speed product development, allowing upstarts to take on entrenched competitors."

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