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TechRepublic: Do businesses love Linux as much as Wall Street?

Dec 29, 1999, 20:59 (3 Talkback[s])
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"If Wall Street likes IPOs, it must love Linux. ... But amid the zeal for Linux stock, how enthusiastic have businesses been about bringing Linux into their enterprise? Is it possible or practical for you to integrate Linux into your business? Here's what several analysts say about Linux in the workplace and where they think it's headed."

"...for many businesses, the Linux buzz on Wall Street has drawn their attention, said Tony Picardi, senior vice president for worldwide global software for the International Data Corporation. 'They never took a first look at it, so if you're looking at it at all, that's news,' Picardi said."

"If a company was using Linux, it did so for 'non mission-critical systems that were kind of stuck under the table,' Picardi said. 'Now, there are actually some applications starting to get rolled out on it.' "

"Many companies have been using Linux for technical, graphics, and workstation applications, said Michael Erbschloe a vice president with Carlsbad, CA's Computer Economics."

"As more vendors have rolled out Linux operating systems, the number of companies willing to use it has increased, said William Peterson, a research manager for IDC. A study this year of 700 businesses found that 30 percent were using Linux in some capacity. That's up from 13 percent in 1998 and 0 percent in 1997."

"Erbschloe, whose company helps businesses plan their IT strategies, said that the majority of his company's clients are interested in deploying Linux. 'Right now, everybody seems more than willing to experiment with it,' he said."

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