The rise of Linux

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2003-12-22 Print this article Print

as a core enterprise platform"> 2003 also saw a potential solution to at least some of these problems: the rise of Linux as a core platform for enterprise implementations.

While Linux isnt immune from security problems, it is much less at risk from the worst worms and viruses than Windows servers. Also, in eWEEK Labs experience, Linux servers are much easier to harden against malicious attacks. And while I dont expect to see any large adoption of Linux on the desktop, its continued growth will provide an attractive option for companies suffering from viruses, spyware and activation woes.

The growth of Linux in the enterprise will continue in 2004, especially when we begin to see the fruits of the Novell/SuSE deal, which should bring the first real enterprise-class support and service for a Linux distribution.

Finally, now that SCO must show evidence in court, the legal cloud hanging over Linux could be fully dispersed in 2004. More than likely, SCOs threats will be tossed aside, and the company will be left with only its lawyers and their press releases.

Labs Director Jim Rapoza can be reached at

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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