Linux, impossible to ignore

Overington, Matt
May 2006
APC (Bauer Media Group);May2006, Vol. 26 Issue 5, p24
The article focuses on the growing presence of Linux in a Windows world and its resultant integration issues. System administrators and power users can no longer afford to wage idealistic wars on anyone that decides to run an operating system other than Windows. It is becoming easier and easier to integrate a Linux system onto a Windows network. Companies like IBM and SUSE invest heavily in Linux and its marketing, to make much of the benefits of Linux solutions. Linux has a role to play in the small to medium business sphere as well as the enterprise arena. Linus Torvald's refusal to comply with version 3 of the GNU Public License (GPL3) indicates that Linux is to be taken seriously. Linux distributions have also become more user-friendly. Many Linux providers now offer the ability to try the operating system without interfering with the hard disk and committing to replacing Windows entirely. Microsoft Corp. has claimed that Linux has offered less accountability and support--there has been no army of call-centre staff on hand to troubleshoot any issues. Linux is for the people who need comprehensive support and can pay for it.


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