Linux leaves the closet

Server level Linux has left the closet and entered the mainstream, according to IBM. In fact, Big Blue suggests that the open source operating system is the fastest moving computer technology ever seen in the IT industry.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  July 8, 2003

Server level Linux has left the closet and entered the mainstream, according to IBM. In fact, Big Blue suggests that the open source operating system, which IDC reports as having an annual compound growth rate (CAGR) of 31%, is the fastest moving computer technology ever seen in the IT industry.

“If you take something like Java, it probably took four or five years to move from computer hobbyists and the closest of academia to something that is used in the commercial world for safe applications. Linux has gone through that same evolution but in half the time,” says Rob Lamb, IBM’s director of worldwide Linux Sales.

“Two or three years ago it was still an academic kind of thing. We then went to a phase where commercial companies used it for safe things, such as file/print serving, and now are at a stage where companies are using it to run their ERP applications,” he adds.

Furthermore, the IT titan says there is already evidence within the local market to prove that the open source OS has achieved not only a foothold in users’ strategic think, but is taking giant strides towards widespread deployment.

“Standard Chartered’s internet banking system, for example, is now based on Linux. There is no way a company like this would have taken this step if the economics weren’t right or if it wasn’t robust enough. It has been a pretty spectacular evolution,” says Lamb.

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