The penguinâ€™s come of age. What began as a battle between proprietary and open source Linux software, started by geeks around the world, isnâ€™t plain tech rhetoric anymore. Itâ€™s now a mainstream commercial platform â€” a technology that enterprises are taking very seriously and looking at as a major cost-effective solution that has scalability and a great future roadmap.
A free software that can be downloaded from the Web, Linux has a source code thatâ€™s open and therefore available for anyone to use, modify, and redistribute freely. Proprietary Unix and Windows operating systems arenâ€™t available for such tweaking.
With the movement getting the support of IT biggies such as IBM, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, which have devoted many of their engineers to work with the open source movement, enterprises are now showing confidence in adopting Linux. Itâ€™s no more now about getting your software free â€” in India the dominating Linux brands are Red Hat and Suse from Novell.
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