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LinuxStockNews: Linux Enters the Mainstream, Part Two (June 26, 2000)

Jun 26, 2000, 14:21 (0 Talkback[s])

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"This week, we continue our look at what the five largest computer makers are doing with Linux: IBM (NYSE: IBM), Compaq (NYSE: CPQ), HP (NYSE: HWP), Sun Microsystems (NASD: SUNW), Dell (NASD: DELL), and SGI (NYSE: SGI). Since we last wrote back in February about how these companies were beginning to make inroads into the Linux revolution, much has happened. Each company has launched its own Linux initiative seeking to dominate one or more niches. Major Linux players such as VA Linux (NASD: LNUX) and Red Hat (NASD: RHAT), having established "first-mover" advantage, have began partnering with these companies in order to shore up market share and sell their Linux expertise in the form of professional services. The motivation of the Big Five companies for entering the Linux area is the realization that Linux is becoming one of the principal operating systems for the future. As a result, each of the big five companies are contributing significant resources and ensuring that they can adequately serve customers desiring Linux-based equipment: from selling the hardware to providing professional services for implementation and integration with legacy systems. Although large, Fortune 500 companies have begun to look at Linux as a viable alternative to Windows NT; currently, 48% of Linux installations go into small businesses with 100 employees or less according to International Data Corporation."

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