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Oracle/Profit Magazine: Linux: The Other Operating System - What you need to know about Linux now

Feb 04, 2001, 14:39 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Louise Fickel)

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"Let the trumpets blare: Linux has arrived. Once a tool used only by technical gurus, the maverick operating system developed to thwart Microsoft's stranglehold on the world's computers now powers some of the world's largest business and research applications. From government agencies such as the U.S.'s NASA to companies such as Japan's mega-retailer, DEODEO, organizations everywhere are entrusting their mission-critical applications to Linux. Meanwhile, many of the world's largest hardware and software manufacturers—including Compaq, IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Oracle—have been scrambling to add support to their products as quickly as possible. Even entire countries such as the U.S. and China have expressed interest in "the other operating system."

"Why are so many organizations now incorporating Linux into their IT landscape? After all, the prospect of migrating to a different operating system raises numerous technology and business issues. Plus, Linux represents a radical departure from proprietary operating systems (OSs) such as Microsoft Windows NT and UNIX. With its open-source foundation, Linux is wide open to people everywhere for viewing, modifying, and copying. What can be gained by adding Linux to your OS lineup? What are the risks? Should your organization begin gearing up for this new world, and if so, how?"

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