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Inter@ctive Week: Linux Rising

Aug 17, 2000, 18:14 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"If the stock prices were reflective of the technology itself, Linux operating systems (OSes) everywhere would be sputtering and Linux-based Web servers would be in danger of exhibiting their own version of the blue screen of death."

"That's hardly the case. Linux stocks are headed for a cautious and steady rise, because the technology is not only sound, but is gathering strength fast. The meteoric rise of Linux stocks - and their collapse - was based on the erroneous perception that Linux would sweep across corporate desktops and servers - a perception based on the assumption that Microsoft, with its antitrust problems, would decline."

"The main reason to be bullish on Linux's future is not that it will replace Windows. Rather, like Microsoft once was, Linux is the technology that is best aligned with a changing economy and will grow in step with it. This means, of course, in some instances Windows and Windows 2000 servers will be replaced by Linux, but that is a minimal definition of success."

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