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CommWeb.com: Torvalds Looks At The Future Of Linux

Aug 18, 2000, 13:34 (2 Talkback[s])
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"In the aftermath of LinuxWorld, a few things were apparent: The community supporting the freely distributed operating system is increasing furiously, and hardware vendors such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell Computer are some of the new entrants."

"While some members of the community of Linux users worry about the influence commercial vendors will have on the operating system, creator Linus Torvalds heartily welcomes their support. "That commercial companies don't give back is not a loss for Linux," Torvalds says. "The PR value in itself supports Linux. Dell and IBM are key to getting other hardware companies involved."

"Vendors see very little downside and lots of upside to the Linux market," says Gartner Group VP George Weiss, noting that the flexibility and customization that Linux offers is an attractive alternative to proprietary systems. "Microsoft doesn't have the power to push vendors to their business model any longer."

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