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eWeek: Linux in the Enterprise: Now What?

Sep 02, 2003, 17:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"Linux, the scarcely decade-old open-source operating system, looks to have reached a sort of critical mass and has entered into an awfully busy period in its development. There's a major kernel update around the corner, an audacious licensing challenge with which to contend, and a rush by virtually every major enterprise IT vendor not located at 1 Microsoft Way to jump on the Linux bandwagon or help take up the reins and drive its development.

"However, the data centers and cubicles of enterprise IT still hold plenty of challenges for Linux, particularly if the operating system is to continue its spread upward--into larger, many-processor servers--and outward--to claim a share of the client market that now belongs almost exclusively to Windows.

"One of the biggest issues facing current and potential Linux users is the looming 2.6 release of the kernel, which is available in beta form from kernel.org and expected to be released this fall. Linux vendors will build the kernel into their distributions soon thereafter..."

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