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Tectonic: The Relevance of Linux in a Stagnant IT Market

Mar 02, 2004, 03:00 (4 Talkback[s])

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"'IT is not the blue-eyed boy it used to be,' says Anton de Wet, CTO of South African Linux services and training company. De Wet says today's companies and IT managers are caught in a difficult position.

"On the one hand, they need to continue to spend money to innovate and maintain their competitive advantage, while on the other, they face severely restricted and decreasing budgets. And increasingly organisations are becoming frustrated with the 'forced upgrades' that many of the proprietary vendors are laying on them, he says.

"'Organisations are no longer able to afford the increasingly hefty licensing costs associated with proprietary software and many of them are turning to open source and Linux for more affordable solutions...'"

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