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CNET Enterprise: Linux Gets Down to Business

Oct 25, 2000, 14:04 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Howard Millman)

"The good news for businesses considering implementing Linux is that it continues to evolve and has wide support among independent developers, distributors, and value-added resellers. That's also the bad news. Lacking industry-wide support, Linux doesn't seem predictable or consistent enough for managers and administrators to sleep well at night, since they are not convinced that their line-of-business applications and primary operating systems are in good hands."

"Today, Linux is still in its embryonic stage, lacking the maturity, polish, and broad support of other Unix operating systems or Windows on the desktop. But that's changing rapidly. Driven by the interest enterprise-class customers have expressed in this fledgling operating system, you can expect its market and mind share to grow."

"Enterprise customers of IBM and Dell are asking for Linux capability. Those customers are beginning to recognize the value in implementing it (Linux) and you can bet the hardware vendors plan to comply," says Eric Klein, senior analyst, Yankee Group, Boston, Massachusetts."

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