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Life gets serious for Linux [BBC online]

Mar 26, 2001 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive

After visiting the CeBit electronics show in Hanover, Germany, BBC News Online's Ivan Noble reports that there are strong indicatinos that Linux has moved out of the bedroom and into the boardroom and is now being adopted on a wide scale from handhelds to supercomputers. Noble writes . . .

“Linux, the free computer operating system loved and tended by the T-shirt and beard geek community on the internet, has cast off its scruffy image and donned a corporate suit.”

“From IBM to Nokia, from SAP to Sharp, the giants of the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover are all showing products based on the system which began life as a Finnish student's hobby . . .”

“Other Linux converts include Ericsson, which has developed a hand-held 'web pad' internet terminal based on Linux, and Sharp, which is showing a Linux-based all-singing, all-dancing personal organiser due to go on sale by the end of the year . . .”

“Evidence of the cult status of the rebel operating system is everywhere at CeBIT . . .”

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