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ZDNet: Power to the penguin

Sep 30, 2000, 16:20 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Now that the Linux operating system is being embraced by the likes of IBM and Dell Computer, the darling of hobbyists is positioned to challenge Windows on several fronts."

"According to Marty Larsen, director of professional services for VA Linux Systems, which sells Linux systems and services, Linux is ideal for the burgeoning small business market. "If a small start-up company happens to have an old 486 computer, they can build a pretty robust Linux-based server. It's free and it's a more stable environment than Windows," he says."

"The scalability stumbling block may soon be removed. According to Paul Kube, vice chairman, computer science and engineering at University of California, San Diego, "Linux was developed for the Intel PC architecture, which doesn't scale well for large systems. That may change with the introduction of Intel's new IA-64 chip." He also notes that IBM is reportedly developing enhancements to Linux that allow it to run on large IBM servers, and programs are underway at SGI to get high-end graphics into Linux. On the other end of the spectrum, Linux applications are being configured for small, low-power devices like PDAs."

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