"It wasn't long ago that operating systems trying to compete
against Microsoft's Windows weren't given much of a chance. That's
not the case at this week's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo where
IBM led the charge of major technology companies now embracing an
operating system whose basic instructions are in the public
"Linux, developed in the early 1990s by Linus Torvalds, is a
so-called "open source" language whose basic instructions, are
developed by volunteers and owned by no one individual or
"Over time, Linux has proven to be highly reliable for running
business networks, Internet servers and even personal computers.
Its many uses are no longer understood and valued solely by
hobbyists and computer professionals."