November 2, 2001

Opinion: Linux's future is still murky

Author: JT Smith

It's a Gartner Group commentary on ZDNet. "Linux yields the most
savings, compared with Unix
or other operating systems,
where Linux servers have a
dedicated function, such as
Web server, caching or
proxy, and where the
environment can be
replicated over many
servers--to hundreds or
thousands in a server farm,
for example.

That means Linux does best
in highly replicated arrangements as a low-end extension to Unix. As the software stack running
on top of Linux becomes more complex or comprises commercial proprietary elements, Linux's
cost advantage over Unix will shrink."


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