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Forbes.com: Linux Not Just For Geeks Anymore

Jul 15, 2002, 19:00 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa DiCarlo)

"It's official. The Linux operating system has secured its position on a very short list of products that can claim cult status. Since a Finnish student posted the first lines of Linux code on the Internet in 1991, hobbyists, investors, IT executives and blue-chip companies have been fascinated by its potential.

"There's no question that Linux is here to stay as a viable technology, but some were overly bullish about its prospects. For example, Linux will never rival Windows as a mainstream desktop PC operating system, and Linux still has a long way to go before being widely used in 'back-end' applications like databases and enterprise resource planning.

"'Linux has done either spectacularly well or not well at all,' says analyst Dan Kusnetzky of International Data Corp. in Framingham, Mass. What it has done well is provide a robust, less expensive alternative to Unix and Windows for certain server applications..."

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