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TechWeb: Linux Still A Force Despite Windows 2000

Jun 02, 2000, 10:56 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Flash)

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"Linux, which saw a boost in customers last year as Microsoft kept delaying the Windows 2000 launch, seems to be holding its own four months after the Microsoft operating system shipped."

"Some observers, including GartnerGroup analysts, questioned whether Linux would fade after Windows 2000 finally hit the streets. With the stocks of major Linux vendors like Red Hat (stock: RHAT), Caldera Systems (stock: CALD), and VA Linux Systems (stock: LNUX) trading at close to their all-time lows, one wonders whether the bloom is off the free open-source operating system."

"It's too early for hard numbers comparing Linux sales before and after the launch of Microsoft's (stock: MSFT) Windows 2000 in February. The few figures available are suspect because Linux is distributed in many ways. But those watching Linux deployment say its customer base is growing -- especially on the server side, in the area of network computing, and on non-PC devices."

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