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Computerworld: Getting Started With Linux

Mar 21, 2003, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"To hear some people tell it, Linux is taking the world by storm. Unilever, a $52 billion consumer products giant, is switching to Linux to run its businesses around the world. Major vendors such as IBM, SAP AG and Computer Associates International Inc. are porting mainstream business applications and utilities to the low-cost, open-source operating system.

"But not every IT shop is out on the leading edge of Linux; many are just starting to explore the open-source phenomenon. For them, Linux's practical implications are a major concern. IT managers face day-to-day challenges such as how to perform version control and how to back up and restore data. They also need to know how much training their staffs will need and whom to call for technical support at 2 a.m.

"The good news: You can do almost anything on Linux that you can do on a mainframe or distributed systems. The bad news: It will require you to learn some new concepts and terminology..."

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