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IT-Director: Linux lands heavyweight punches, Microsoft jabs back

Feb 02, 2001, 20:16 (5 Talkback[s])
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"The past week has seen LinuxWorld 2001 running in New York. Amongst the host of announcements it could be seen that many companies not traditionally seen to be bed fellows were getting behind Linux. With industry giants such as IBM, Hewlett Packard and Sun now throwing their weight, or at least their marketing, behind the open source Operating System the question that springs to mind is whether Linux is now ready to expand in the corporate arena? Naturally enough, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to question the viability of Linux."

"It can be seen that many IT vendors, including the big companies not just the start-ups, are now taking Linux to be a main stream offering. The range of services on offer is also beginning to extend into new areas. This is good news for any organisation thinking about taking the platform on board. However Linux still has obstacles to overcome, many of these are related to "support" and usability."

"In all the news mentioned so far, the one company whose name illuminates the sky by its absence is Microsoft. Microsoft alternately attempts to ignore Linux as being unimportant and to predict that it is doomed to fail. This week, Microsoft's product manager for competitive strategies, Doug Miller, has been quoted as saying that the new Linux kernel was unsuited for widespread business use. He highlighted recent security issues faced by Linux and coupled this with a "lack of key enterprise elements" in the Operating System and questioned whether "Linux should be used at all". Microsoft has had its own security issues recently and we clearly have a case of the pot calling the kettle black."

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