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USA Today: Linux laps up more of the server market

Jun 20, 2001, 23:01 (37 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Byron Acohido)

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The "Classics Illustrated" version of favorable Linux press arrives from USA Today, with this thumbnail of recent favorable statistics, friendly quotes from fans and executives, and a list of some notable design wins. Positive stuff.

"...the heart of Linux, or kernel, is open and can be continually tweaked. Microsoft's code is proprietary. Linux was created by Linus Torvalds of Finland, who, with others, used the Internet to expand it. Thousands of programmers now work on it because, they say, code should be improved for the good of society. That extends the research arms of firms such as IBM and Intel, which bundle Linux into hardware, and Oracle and SAP, which make software to run on it. "Microsoft is competing against a faceless enemy," says Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat, which resells Linux with services.

Not surprisingly, Microsoft casts Linux as a threat to intellectual-property rights. It also says companies want its fuller range of software solutions. "That's where we think we're way ahead," says Doug Miller, Microsoft competitive strategy director."

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