"Dozens of distributions are stepping into the U.S. ring. But
only two heavyweights--Red Hat and Caldera--pack serious business
"...experts say Linux market consolidation is imminent
because there is too little differentiation among many
versions. What's more, many distributions generate little
revenue or ship for free with trade magazines. Choose the wrong
Linux distribution, and you could wind up with a bankrupt
open-source partner. ... What's a solutions provider like you to
do? Place your bets on Caldera or Red Hat."
"Linux used to be the operating system of rebels, innovators and
IT outsiders. But things have changed. Today, IBM, CA and other
enterprise players want to push Linux directly into Fortune 500
data centers. After shipping 1.3 million server licenses last year,
Linux has overtaken NetWare and Unix to become the world's No. 2
server operating system--trailing only Windows NT--according to
International Data Corp."
"Caldera and Red Hat are riding the Linux tidal wave and
generating record sales. But their success has less to do with
technology and more to do with strategic business planning. Caldera
and Red Hat both have seasoned management teams, firm financial
backing, and solid partner programs that include high-tech giants
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