Enterprise Needs

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2004-07-29 Print this article Print

I dont expect Ill find any great technological revolutions at this LinuxWorld. I do expect, however, to find more examples of Linux showing that its a technology the enterprise needs.

Specifically, I expect to see Linux desktop news from Novell and other major vendors. Its hard to argue that theres no need for a mainstream alternative business desktop when you can barely blink before news of yet another serious Windows security hack appears in the headlines.

I also expect to see a lot more news about DBMSes and Linux servers. The most exciting thing in the world? Maybe not … unless youre a CIO or chief technology officer who wants to make sure that your companys infrastructure and databases dont cost an arm and a leg but can still deliver the goods.

The part of me thats a tech kid may not have as much fun writing about the BEA, IBM and Oracle keynotes at LinuxWorld as writing about the latest kernel feature. I find it very odd in some ways that a guy who started out as a systems administrator and spent most of his early writing career delving into data compression algorithms and cache coherency theory now spends most of his time writing about business deals and lawsuits.

But, like me, Linux has become more about business than about technology. Its those large companies and their full support of Linux that makes me certain that, unlike other great but undersupported technologies such as the Betamax and the Amiga, Linux is here for the long run. Thats a good thing, not just for people who love Linux for its own wonderful techie sake, but for those who love what Linux can do for their bottom line.

Welcome to our coverage of the 2004 LinuxWorld. Welcome to Linuxs world.

eWEEK.com Senior Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been using and writing about operating systems since the late 80s and thinks he may just have learned something about them along the way.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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