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NetworkWorld: Linux against the odds

Jan 04, 2001, 04:58 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

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"The Linux open source operating system had a banner year in 2000, gathering one endorsement after another from top industry vendors - IBM, Dell Computer and Oracle among them. But still, even with such heavy backing, Linux remains outside the enterprise doorway."

"Linux' openness is one of many factors keeping Microsoft from viewing Linux as a competitive threat in the large enterprise market, says Doug Miller, group product director for the Windows server market at Microsoft. But, Miller admits that Linux could cut into Microsoft's market share for lower-end systems."

"Sunoco needs a Microsoft-like cookie-cutter approach to servers and applications because it runs a lean support staff, McVaugh says. 'It comes down to training,' he adds."

"What would it take for McVaugh to move to Linux?"

"'I guess Microsoft would have to sell it,' he says."

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