Linux: The Road Not Taken (Not)
This year's LinuxWorld illustrates Linux is well past the point of making inroads into the enterprise -- it's now having roads named after it.Walking into LinuxWorld in New York this year, I immediately felt that something wasnt the same. The show was smaller, but, then again, every show the last year has been smaller. Then it hit me: The big Linux package vendors such as Red Hat werent immediately visible. They were there, of course--vendors such as Caldera, Mandrake and Red Hat. But their booths were much smaller than usual, and they were in the corners and at the edges of the show. Instead, the vendors dominating the show floor space--and the attention of many show goers--were the big enterprise players that have made Linux a cornerstone of their solutions. These included Computer Associates, HP, BMC, Intel and, of course, IBM.
The enterprise focus of this show wasnt limited to these major vendors; smaller vendors such as Covalent and Veritas were also showing strong offerings for the enterprise.