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Lotus.com: The Story on Linux at Lotus

Dec 11, 2000, 19:37 (7 Talkback[s])

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"When I talk to a Linux cynic," says Greg Kelleher, "the first thing I ask is 'Have you seen Linux lately?' " The challenge in the question posed by Kelleher, Lotus product manager for Domino on Linux, is characteristic of the famous passion Linux developers have for the open-source operating system. It is also a well-informed opinion about the enormous strides made by the Linux community in developing an enterprise-ready system."

"When we went to market with Domino for Linux about a year ago, we first tested it on the 2.25 Linux kernel. We got 50 to 75 concurrent Notes users on a server. Now we are getting 400 concurrent Notes users on a Domino for Linux server using the updated 2.25.17 Linux kernel. With test builds of the 2.4 kernel candidate, we are getting 900 concurrent users. All in a year," Kelleher says. "We got in early. We beat a lot of other companies to the punch."

"But when Lotus began to develop for Linux a year ago, it could have been called an act of faith. Now that faith looks to Kelleher like good business sense and a straight-forward move to support the Lotus heterogeneous platform strategy, a strategy that makes Domino available on all major server platforms."

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