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ZDNet UK: Compaq issues a 'Geek' warning over Linux

Oct 09, 2000, 14:03 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Veitch)

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"Compaq last week admitted that Linux needs to establish more enterprise deployments and must gain additional software vendor support if it is to become more than a niche operating system. The firm is a major backer of Linux across Intel and Alpha-based systems."

"We're definitely at the stage where we need reference sites," said Judy Chavis, Compaq's Linux/Unix product marketing manager. "Otherwise we'll be in danger of losing all this momentum and it becomes one of those 'just for geeks' things."

"Chavis said that the Linux 2.4 kernel, Linux 64 project and a larger skills base would help Linux to prosper. She added that Compaq expects to report some significant deals over the next six months, including a worldwide e-commerce site that will use Linux for Internet infrastructure services. "The e-commerce site's decision was based on cost and the internal skills base, and it felt that Linux was ultimately more reliable than Windows," Chavis said."

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