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Ciol.com (India): Linuxworld expo shows an industry in growth mode

Aug 24, 2000, 11:39 (0 Talkback[s])

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"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 Computing."

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