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ZDNet: Linux use flourishing

Nov 15, 2000, 09:46 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"The message is coming out of the Linux community, loud and clear: The open-source operating system is here to stay in the United States and around the world."

"There's no shortage of evidence to support this, particularly as large vendors such as IBM continue to embrace and actively promote the platform. Federal agencies are also turning to Linux; they recently called on Linux vendors to work aggressively toward its certification and approval, thereby giving agencies a much-wanted alternative to proprietary software, notably Windows systems from Microsoft Corp...."

"All of this must be sending shudders down the spines of even the most die-hard Windows and Unix backers, who have until now dismissed Linux as a fringe system that was not appropriate for mission-critical, enterprise-level applications. Some, however, like IBM, which has its own Unix variant, are viewing Linux as a strategic opportunity. Officials there said IBM is positioning itself as the top provider of mission-critical software for e-business customers."

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