"Companies selling Linux and related support services may be
struggling in the eyes of investors, but within the information
technology industry the open-source operating system is rapidly
taking a firm hold...."
"Analysts say the community based development model for Linux,
whereby software engineers put their improvements back into the
public domain, is proving to be a superior system in many ways to
"'From its inception as a school project to its capturing of 30%
[of the server market] in 10 short years, Linux has proven beyond a
doubt that the open-source model can lead to the development of
robust technologies faster than in a closed-source model,' Phil
Rueppel, an analyst with Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, said in a recent
detailed report on the state of Linux."