"The most significant enterprise product we evaluated
this year is important not only on its own merits, but because of
its impact on several existing computing platforms.
Red Hat Linux Professional Server 7.1 is an operating system
ready to step into many roles in the enterprise. Red Hat's Linux
distribution wraps the performance and flexibility of Linux in a
support package that should reassure executives leery of deploying
open-source technologies in critical business settings.
The operating system's growing popularity is an indication that
IT managers are becoming more confident in Linux's viability as an
alternative to other commercial operating platforms, albeit
gradually. Perhaps the most notable area where Linux is poised to
gain enterprise credibility is on IBM mainframes, where Big Blue's
newest software and hardware offerings let companies run Linux