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Globetechnology.com: The Linux paradox; sizzle gone but future never brighter

Jan 04, 2001, 15:11 (15 Talkback[s])

"Call it the Linux paradox. Less than a year ago, the upstart computer operating system -- whose ubiquitous symbol is a stylized penguin -- was considered a fringe show for geeks with too much time on their hands and investors with too much money in their pockets. ... A year later, open-source software has lost much of its sizzle -- but Linux's future has never been brighter."

"The explanation for the Linux paradox? Much of the initial frenzy centred on speculation that Linux could break the virtual monopoly that Microsoft Corp. holds in desktop operating systems. That ambition -- always a long shot -- has been shelved in favour of a less glamourous, but crucial role in the technology world: running the powerful computer servers that are the engine of the Internet."

"The future of Linux can be seen at Trihedral Engineering. The company uses the operating system for its computer servers, but not for its desktop computers. And while some of the Linux software it uses was downloaded from the Internet, the company has also paid for it."

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