"With nearly 200 exhibiting firms and 20,000+ visitors crowding
the San Jose Convention Center, the third annual LinuxWorld Expo
show, the industry's premier event, clearly showed that Linux has
grown up to be an industry in its own right."
"Despite the progress, the open source software movement
remains very much a niche-oriented solution and-except for college
students and techies-a long way from a mainstream desktop solution
that can compete effectively with Microsoft's Windows. Neither
did the show make it clear how Linux distributors like Red Hat,
SuSE and TurboLinux will be able to survive, let alone live up to
earlier inflated Wall Street expectations, as they try to sell a
product that, by definition, is free."
"For the next several years, Linux will continue to make strides
on the server side. Strong strides in fact, evident by the strong
representation of major computer companies pushing their
Linux-based servers, including IBM, Compaq, Dell, and
Hewlett-Packard. They will compete against servers from pure Linux
hardware vendors such as VA Linux, Atipa and Penguin
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