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CNET News.com/Gartner: Commentary: Linux faces the law of capitalism

Mar 14, 2001, 07:35 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Henkel)

"Economic downturns separate the strong companies from the weak, and the Linux market will be no exception to this rule...."

"That is what has happened in the case of Linux, and Gartner has always advised companies to proceed cautiously in the face of the enormous hype. But Linux enthusiasm is not fading away entirely--although it's probably quickly approaching the "trough of disillusionment" in the Gartner Hype Cycle. Some reassessment of where Linux really fits into an enterprise's IT infrastructure was inevitable."

"The current level of activity suggests the opportunity for Linux has not yet peaked. Still, the route to success will become much more complicated (and expensive) for Linux distributors. Providing obvious added value will become critical and will probably involve an operating system/middleware software stack, not just operating system distribution."

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