Branching out

Mears, Jennifer; Bednarz, Ann
July 2005
Network World;7/4/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 26, p15
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the efforts of organizations to look for new opportunities to employ open source tools with Linux operating systems. Information technology (IT) analysts have agreed that growing number of enterprise users are turning to mature open source tools. Results of the survey conducted by Forrester Research Inc. indicated most IT decision makers are using open source or Linux. The author contended that Linux has matured into a mainstream operating system with support from all major systems vendors and an expanding independent software vendor community. Companies have used open source due to its flexibility to various business needs and its reliability and responsiveness to user demands. Analysts believed that community-driven support and innovation will make the open source movement an industry-changing force.


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