"Linux, although it has been in existence for years, has only
begun its climb up the enterprise-computing chain in the last two
to four years. It is little known by the general public. The Linux
kernel has yet to make it to version 3.0.
"Yet the upstart Linux invokes comparisons to Windows because of
its growth rate. Research firm IDC identifies the 'Lintel' format,
or Intel-based servers running Linux, as the faster-growing server
segment. Sun has launched its Mad Hatter Linux desktop push, and
Wal-Mart has begun selling ultra-cheap Linux-based PCs...
"Still, can this young operating system compete with Windows
technologically? Is it ready to go head to head with Microsoft's
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