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Oct 17, 2000, 15:42 (14 Talkback[s])
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"In the past 12 months, strong sales of Linux and its broader establishment in important server and workstation markets, coupled with its growing application base, finally signaled its emergence into young adulthood. Moreover, Linux's innate cost-effectiveness and ease of development nudged key proprietary Unix players, such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Sun Microsystems, into the open software world."

"Nevertheless, the little-operating-system-that-could still is not running its tracks into Microsoft's vast base of installed users in the enterprise computing, server and desktop marketplaces. And Linux holds little threat of derailing Windows anytime soon, says Dan Kuznetsky, an analyst at IDC, Framingham, Mass."

"The market is making the pie bigger," Kuznetsky says. "They are not taking a slice of the pie from each other." Due to its competitive solutions in infrastructure, cache proxy and print-serving solutions, as well as high-performance technical applications and Web-serving, Linux now holds a 24 percent share of the server market, according to IDC research."

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