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Linux Journal: Linux for Suits: How Linux Gets Down to Business

Apr 18, 2000, 08:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Schumaker)

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"Doc Searls is the mastermind behind Linux for Suits. We first debuted the event at Fall Internet World in New York City. Linus Torvalds and Eric Raymond were present, as were a number of big-name Linux executives (read my report here). The show was a success; we looked forward to LA. Attendance at the LA show wasn't as good as in NYC, but this didn't come as a shock. Internet World is exactly what it claims to be: a trade show dedicated to anything related to Internet development and use. We didn't aim Linux for Suits at Linux users; we targeted the event at Internet World for non-users and potential users of Linux."

"Linux for Suits exists solely to help educate business professionals about Linux and how it can be used effectively in their business model. The event was keynoted by Larry Augustin (President, CEO and Director of VA Linux Systems), a key figure in the Linux business world. And with good reason. Larry spoke eloquently and used his time well. He targeted his words to any audience members that might be either unfamiliar with Linux, or to those whose companies are interested in learning more about Linux."

"Larry began by asking for a show of hands: "How many of you use Linux? How many of you don't?" He then pointed out that if you use the Internet, chances are, you use Linux. "Linux is the leading operating system running the Internet." His slides illustrated that Linux owns 31% of the server market share, compared to 24% for Windows NT and 17% for Solaris. He went on to explain that Linux is not a unique case; that it succeeds not because it is Linux, but because it is open-source software. He added that "Apache's current market share is 60%, well ahead of Microsoft's ISS, while Sendmail holds 80% of the e-mail market." All three are perfect examples that the open-source business model can be successful."

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