"Anyone who still doubts Linux's credibility as an important
platform for enterprises is stuck in the last century, says Moiz
Kohari, president and chief executive officer of Mission Critical
Linux Inc., Lowell, Mass. Even the CEO of Linux nemesis Microsoft
Corp. admits that Linux is a competitive threat to its Windows
operating systems. Other enterprise operating systems are feeling
Linux's heat, too. "Linux is a threat to any enterprise OS out
there," Kohari says. In its choice of name alone, Mission Critical
Linux proclaims Linux for the enterprise is a given. And those who
complain about the lack in enterprise-strength applications or
support for Linux are dating themselves. That is old news, too,
says Kohari. He is in a position to know, as his company's Convolo
Clusters and managed services technologies have helped knock down
some of the barriers that once blocked Linux's entry into the
enterprise. He touts Linux's strengths as an enterprise OS, while
warning the Linux community to keep its guard up with Microsoft
Corp., in this question and answer interview."
"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Linux is a threat to Windows.
Do you agree?"
Linux is a threat to any enterprise OS out there. Linux is a
disruptive technology. The open source concept is disruptive. Any
existing technology can never invest enough in disruptive
technologies, because disruptive technologies come from grass roots
movements that take over. This has happened in semiconductors, disk
subsystems, and elsewhere. Up until now, people have been doing
software development in a proprietary fashion. The open source
movement is a new way of developing software, where the software
gets tested and reviewed by more people. That makes the code more
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