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SD Times: All's Quiet on the Linux Front: Open-source system moves past hype to implementation

Dec 14, 2001, 16:15 (22 Talkback[s])

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"It wasn't so long ago: 1999 and 2000 saw a great deal of innovation and interest, not to mention hype, about the Linux open-source operating system, and by extension, open-source software in general. This year the focus has been more on other technologies, such as application servers, portals, distributed component models and Web services. Does anyone still care about Linux? And if so, why the seemingly deafening silence?

According to George Weiss, vice president of servers and storage for Gartner Inc., and Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of systems software for International Data Corp., the reason for the silence is that the time for media hype has passed and the time for the heads-down work of deployment and implementation has begun. In other words, the hype honeymoon is over.

Kusnetzky said, 'If you stop and look at the broader picture, in many cases Linux has gone from a novelty to something that people are starting to deploy certain types of software solutions on. It's the deployment that's quiet, but ultimately more important than the noise.'"

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