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PlanetIT: Ockman: Linux Still Rules Servers

Nov 08, 2000, 20:59 (4 Talkback[s])
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"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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