January 14, 2006
March of the penguins
Although having an open source strategy is becoming common in many enterprises, users and analysts say 2006 is the year the penguin flippers will hit the water in terms of Linux's evolution into an enterprise-application server platform. Linux usage started with lower-level admins, deployed on individual desktops or small boxes. Then it moved into e-mail, file-and-print and serving Web pages. Now those who use Linux say the time is right for the operating system to be running key corporate-software packages, including large databases, financials, sales, medical records and a host of other business-critical systems.