"For Linux, 2000 was a year for weddings. Despite a vicious
downturn in the stock market value of top Linux companies, the
four top Unix vendors--IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Compaq
Corp., and Sun Microsystems--finally said "I do" to Linux in
"Linux leaders predict that, in the year ahead, two events will
lead to more unions. The arrival of both the Linux 2.4 kernel and
Intel's 64-bit chip for personal computer servers will convince the
corporate market to marry Linux, as well. They only hope that the
stock market and developer community will support the union."
"The power of Linux to attract developers away from
Microsoft Windows was the shotgun that marched Sun Microsystems to
the altar with Linux. "Linux and the Internet have helped
drive a huge resurgence in Unix," said Herb Hinstorff, manager of
Sun's Solaris Software Linux Program Office."