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Apr 04, 2001, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Sloman)

"With the release of Version 2.4 of the Linux kernel earlier this year, now is a great time to consider how you might fit Linux into your strategic picture."

"Linux is growing up, and the new kernel shows it with enhancements like Reiser FS, a journaling file system suited to demanding transaction-intensive applications, and dramatic improvements to the TCP/IP stack, offering increased stability and throughput."

"What was once the realm of hackers and antiestablishment types has become a solid platform for enterprise computing. Look at the ISP market, for example. In September 2000, Linux overtook other Unix variants and achieved a 25.2 percent market share in the ISP market. In comparison, the market share of the other Unix variants totaled just 23.2 percent, according to International Data Corp. (IDC). The success Linux enjoys among ISPs offers a glimpse of possible transformations to come in other market segments, experts say. In fact, IDC estimates the combined Linux/Unix market will grow to $9.5 billion this year, partly on the success of Linux."

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