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Linux Magazine: Linux Takes a Page from the PC [- IDC analyst]

Sep 29, 2000, 13:58 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Kusnetzky)

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"There is a lot of speculation about Linux and whether and when corporate information technology (IT) departments will really begin to adopt it. While looking at recent studies on operating-system usage, it struck me that Linux bears an amazing similarity to another technology that was gradually picked up by corporate IT in the 1980s: the personal computer. Although the technology itself is different, the issues and obstacles are still the same."

"Back in the 1980s, corporate data-processing groups shunned the personal computer. They said that it was a toy and couldn't be used for real work. Furthermore, no corporate support personnel was trained to support PCs. Most of the computing workload for large organizations was handled by mainframes and minicomputers."

"Regardless of what the data-processing (DP) folks said, those who had actually bought PCs knew that they could make life at work much easier. So, they started sneaking PCs into the office. "Since my PC can emulate a terminal," the thinking went, "the DP people won't ever know that my terminal is mothballed in the broom closet."

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