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Internet World: Linux Suits Up for the Enterprise

Apr 01, 2003, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Zipperer)

"What do companies such as Morgan Stanley, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Boeing, and BBDO Interactive have in common? Nothing and a lot. They're in completely different industries, but they all use Linux within their organizations, and that's startling if one remembers how recently such a development would have seemed crazy.

"For a long time, Linux was largely ignored outside of hardcore IT circles and small-scale application implementations. But the open-source Linux operating system has grown from a backroom obsession to a major product offering of Big Blue and others, and the list of organizations adopting Linux continues to grow. It now includes entities in places ranging from the remote Icelandic Energy Authority to the very visible life sciences industry in the U.S. Europe is a vast field of growth for the technology, specifically in Germany, where the government has been behind efforts to find alternatives to proprietary technologies. It wasn't that long ago when enterprises weren't as open to Linux, and there are still those throughout many businesses who are taking a wait- and-see approach toward it. Five years ago, if you headed down to your company's IT department, you probably wouldn't have seen Linux anywhere in deployment. But that doesn't mean it wasn't there..."

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