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The Register: Linux v. MS v. Unix--Who's Got the Big Mo?

Jun 25, 2002, 22:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"Wall Street's love affair with Linux companies may have ended a long time ago, but the open source operating system's march into the enterprise continues unabated, if slowly. Indeed, while Linux may have lost its lustre for investors, some banks, including CS First Boston and Merrill Lynch, have given it the thumbs-up and have begun replacing old trading systems and servers with Linux-based kit.

"But does Linux really amount to anything more than a low-end OS for file, print and Web server applications? It's clearly challenging Windows in such roles - one of the reasons why it became a household name in the mid- to late 1990s - but can it make its mark in more critical enterprise-oriented applications?

"In a recent BusinessWeek story, both Dell and HP claimed around 12 per cent of their server customers (ProLiants in HP's case) wanted Linux pre-installed. Sun, meanwhile, claims it's experiencing 25 per cent year-on-year growth in sales of its Linux-based Cobalt server appliances. Positive stats they may be, but these numbers centre on low-cost, 32-bit Intel-based hardware: typical set-ups for office-level file and print servers, not enterprise iron, in other words..."

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