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Smart Partner: Linux [Distro] SlugFest

Aug 21, 2000, 17:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, Joseph C. Panettieri)

"Dozens of distributions are stepping into the U.S. ring. But only two heavyweights--Red Hat and Caldera--pack serious business punch."

"...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 like Oracle."

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