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InfoWorld: Low cost gives Linux global appeal, say supporters in Comdex panel

Nov 14, 2000, 16:51 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Linux operating system is a more practical solution than proprietary operating systems, especially in developing countries, its supporters claimed in a panel discussion about the open source platform here at Comdex Monday."

"In places like China and Vietnam, low wages mean that some people can't afford brand new machines or proprietary operating systems such as Microsoft's Windows. However, they can afford older, used machines, Jon 'Maddog' Hall of non-profit organization Linux International said at the "International impact of Linux" panel discussion. Unfortunately, many of these systems aren't powerful enough to run Windows Me, or even Windows You," he joked -- but they do have enough power to run Linux."

"For large corporations, the price factor grows even more important, according to Miguel de Icaza, the founder and president of Linux application vendor Helix Code. "If you're purchasing a million computers, it can add up to $700 million in licensing fees" with certain operating systems, he said. Numerous flavors of Linux can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet."

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