"Last week was filled with news on the Linux front, with every
major IT provider trying to warm itself near the fire of enterprise
interest. IBM claimed to have a billion-dollar business based on
the open-source operating system and pointed to the company's own
progress in replacing its Windows and OS/2 servers with Linux
systems; Sun announced expanded Linux-based offerings of flagship
software products; and Microsoft won an award, at LinuxWorld Expo
in New York, for its Services for Unix 3.0 product that runs a Unix
environment on a Windows kernel and provides integrated
administration and developer support.
"I still get e-mail, though, suggesting that there's a lot of
communication to be done before middle-tier companies will consider
Linux a genuine option. I'm talking about the companies too small
to have a substantial IT department, but too big for the
founder/CEO to make a Linux adoption decision at breakfast on
Saturday and have it deployed on Monday morning.
"One question that hit my in-box late last week was 'How do you
get support if anyone can modify the code?' I was tempted to reply,
'How do you get support if you can't modify (or even see) the
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