Reuters UK: Linux Becomes Cheap Chic

“Linux was created as the people’s software, free and open for
everyone to use, in an attempt to thwart the commercialisation of

“But now the decade-old operating system is getting as corporate
as button-down shirts and PowerPoint presentations.

“One in five servers, computers that handle Internet traffic and
corporate networks, ran on Linux among those sold last year, and
the software is expected to gain market share.

“The economic downturn has been brutal toward dot-coms, many of
which have disappeared. But Linux, closely associated with Internet
start-ups like Yahoo! and Amazon.com, is more than just surviving.
It’s becoming a player, gaining favour with budget-conscious,
old-line companies drawn by its performance improvements and lack
of licensing costs…”

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