Though the author admits that Linux won't make it on the desktop
anytime soon, he does show a rah-rah attitude about Linux as a
server, especially one that's promoted by IBM:
"The linux operating system may be growing like crazy, but the
news hasnâ€™t been that great lately for last
yearâ€™s crop of Linux-something start-ups.
Theyâ€™re closing, merging or laying off
employeesâ€"just like their dotcom customers."
"But even amid the economic downturn, installations of Linux OS,
its applications and related hardware have continued to grow at
startling rates. Linux technology is still being enthusiastically
supported by thousands of programmers who volunteer their time to
upgrade, test and extend it simply for the privilege of using it
"Basically, Linux hasnâ€™t come out of the
server closet just yet. In fact, your favorite Linux app may not
even be at your job site, but rather at the other end of a phone
line in the storage or database farm of your ASP. As the
fastest-growing server operating system, Linux was the primary OS
for 27 percent of the server operating market at the end of last
year, compared to 41 percent for Microsoft Windows, reports
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