"On the same day that compaq Computer said Linux still
has a long way to go, rival IBM said: On our servers, it's good
enough for Wall Street.
It was a sign of how far the open source operating system has
come since last year's LinuxWorld trade show, where speakers
wondered whether Linux could be accepted for critical tasks deep
inside the enterprise. At LinuxWorld in San Francisco last week,
IBM and Compaq differed, not on whether Linux will penetrate the
corporation, but mainly on how far it can go with its current
In an opening-day keynote speech, Compaq Chief Technology
Officer Shane Robison said Linux "should be proud of its momentum
in the marketplace" but that it was falling short in its lack of a
documented standard, systems administration tools and
around-the-clock technical support. "