"Over the last three years, Linux has emerged from a cult
phenomenon driven by thousands of programming enthusiasts around
the world into an enterprise-ready operating system. This has
become possible because Linux's destiny has also shifted from the
dedication of those enthusiast programmers to a small number of
commercial, for-profit companies that are focused on finding ways
to build their offerings around the Linux system and the needs that
Linux adoption uncovered.
"But for Linux to continue its encroachment on the corporate
data center, the new Linux stewards will have to deal with the
issues that have surfaced as they try to create a lucrative
commercial environment around it. Recent announcements from one of
those Linux stalwarts have many companies wondering if the Linux
movement can sustain its move toward commercialization..."