"Linux has already overtaken Windows NT. That was the
predominant response to Tuesday's Channel Chatter, based on IBM
Chairman and CEO Louis Gerstner's declaration that "some estimate
the Linux will become more prevalent than NT by 2004," and
three talkbacks that came in that afternoon, including one from a
reader who said he was "penguined out."
"Some readers wrote in to object to the Channel Chatter item.
Others wrote to share their perspectives on how Linux led in the
race against other operating systems."
"Reader Enewmark writes, "Linux, on the server side, is growing
at a much faster rate than Windows 2000 Server. At this point,
industrial-strength Unix versions like Solaris and IBM's AIX5L are
a lot more stable and robust than Linux. But IBM has the market
presence and software to capture the Linux mind share. Just look at
the enterprise applications that IBM is delivering for Linux. No
other company today has the breadth and depth of both software and
services that IBM has on Linux. Sun is missing the boat by ignoring
Linux. Next year, IBM will really begin to take a chunk out of
Sun's market share."
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