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ComputerWorld: Beefed-up operating system still faces deployment challenges

Feb 02, 2001, 00:01 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

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"At this week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here, the release of the new 2.4 kernel of the Linux operating system won some praise from IT managers. But it won't necessarily win an immediate place in their deployment plans."

"Bob Ruddy, owner of Web hosting and networking firm Cycle.org Inc. in Doylestown, Pa., said the Linux 2.4 kernel -- which was released early last month by Linux creator Linus Torvalds -- won't by itself convince many smaller and midsize companies to make the jump from Windows or other operating systems."

"One of the greatest deficiencies in Linux for companies contemplating any migration has been the lack of a feature-filled software suite compatible with industry-standard Microsoft Office file formats, Ruddy said. While Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarOffice and Corel Corp.'s WordPerfect for Linux suites are available, the lack of default file compatibility with Microsoft Corp.'s dominant set of office software still leaves many companies unable to fully consider Linux as an alternative to what they're now using, he added."

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