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Business Times (SG): Linux can deliver despite doubts

Oct 16, 2000, 13:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Harish Pillay)

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"The recent commentary... asked whether Linux can live up to its hype... Some of the world's best brains have contributed to it -- both Linux and Unix -- over the last 30 years. Major hardware and software vendors, including IBM, SGI, SAP, Oracle, Informix, Sybase, Computer Associates, Novell, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems have ported their software as well as contributed to Linux's development. IBM has set up Linux Competency Centres in major Asian cities..."

"So it is puzzling that a year-old and discredited Mindcraft report -- at www.mindcraft.com -- was cited by the previous writer as being authoritative on the relative speeds of Linux and Windows NT. ... The shortcomings of Linux as reported in the Mindcraft tests were acknowledged and have since been addressed. With version 2.4 of the Linux kernel -- www.kernel.org -- to be released later this year, it would be great to rerun the same tests."

"The writer says: "Since Linux was not developed from the ground up, there are barriers to cost-effectively deploy scalable, secure and robust applications." This statement suggests that Linux is not scalable or secure or robust. The widespread deployment of Linux -- and Unix in general -- in large enterprises is ample proof to the contrary. Which CIO or CTO would agree to run a data-centre that can only be managed by an exclusively GUI (graphical user interface) based system?"

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