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Reuters UK: Linux Becomes Cheap Chic

Aug 24, 2002, 04:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Henderson, Lisa Baertlein)

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"Linux was created as the people's software, free and open for everyone to use, in an attempt to thwart the commercialisation of technology.

"But now the decade-old operating system is getting as corporate as button-down shirts and PowerPoint presentations.

"One in five servers, computers that handle Internet traffic and corporate networks, ran on Linux among those sold last year, and the software is expected to gain market share.

"The economic downturn has been brutal toward dot-coms, many of which have disappeared. But Linux, closely associated with Internet start-ups like Yahoo! and Amazon.com, is more than just surviving. It's becoming a player, gaining favour with budget-conscious, old-line companies drawn by its performance improvements and lack of licensing costs..."

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