Washington Post: Tech Firms Try to Stay Nimble
Oct 04, 2002, 11:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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" Analysts and Silicon Valley types said they are seeing at
least one trend emerging as companies try to reduce tech budgets.
Companies are spending less on proprietary technologies that may
work better at certain tasks but that may not play well with other
"The increasing popularity of the Linux operating system is one
example. The free operating system has become a standard on servers
and is starting to appear on desktop PCs as well--including in a
new line of $199 PCs available at Wal-Mart.
"Sun announced last week that it will start marketing computers
that run Linux, rather than Solaris, the version of the Unix
operating system that made the company a fortune during the tech