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