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PlanetIT: Ockman: Linux Still Rules Servers

Nov 08, 2000, 20:59 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barnaby Page)

"Linux may be temporarily down, but it's far from out."

"That was the defiant message from Sam Ockman, CEO of Linux server company Penguin Computing, speaking at NetWorld+Interop 2000 here. The talk came just a day after another seller of Linux-based computers, VA Linux Systems Inc. (stock: LNUX), issued a warning of sharply reduced earnings."

"In a keynote speech pointedly directed at the Linux community's archrival Microsoft (stock: MSFT), he said: "If people make the right networking and infrastructure choices such as Linux and open-source [software], they'll be far better off in the future and won't have to replace anything."

"Ockman, who began his impassioned speech beneath a huge illustration of the Linux penguin mascot declaring "Mr. Gates, I'll be your server today," set Linux head-to-head with Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., and perhaps unsurprisingly found the giant wanting."

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