MANAGEMENT SPEAK: We can't use freeware because there's no
support for it.
TRANSLATION: We won't be able to blame the vendor when we
ALTERNATE TRANSLATION: We never do anything we haven't done
-- IS Survivalist Andy Stritof
- Linux is a Product
of the Year Award (http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayTC.pl?97poy.supp.htm) for Best Technical Support (InfoWorld)
Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by
a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
Linus had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop
a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his work in 1991 when
he released version 0.02 and worked steadily until 1994 when version 1.0
of the Linux Kernel was released. The current full-featured version is
2.0, and development continues with several updates that are available
for public use.
Linux is developed under the GNU
General Public License (http://www.linux.org/info/gnu.html) and its source code is freely available to everyone.
This however, doesn't mean that Linux and it's assorted distributions (http://www.linux.org/dist/index.html)
are free -- companies and developers may charge money for it as long as
the source code remains available. Linux may be used for a wide variety
of purposes including networking, software development, and as an end-user
platform. Linux is often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative
to other more expensive operating systems.
Due to the very nature of Linux's functionality and availability, it
has become quite popular worldwide and a vast number of software programmers
have taken Linux's source code and adapted it to meet their individual
needs. At this time, there are dozens of ongoing projects (http://www.linux.org/projects/index.html)
for porting Linux to various hardware configurations and purposes.
Linux has an official mascot, the Linux
Penguin (http://www.linux.org/info/logos.html), which was selected by Linus Torvalds to represent the image
he associates (http://www.linux.org/info/penguin.html) with
the operating system he created.
Although many variations of the word Linux exist, it is most often pronounced
with a short " i " and with the first syllable stressed, as in
- See your competitors use Linux for bussiness!
of Freely Redistributable Software for Business (http://www.cyber.com.au/misc/frsbiz/#Advantages)
Linux (http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/Commercial-HOWTO.html)- This document contains a listing of commercial software and
applications which are offered for Linux.
for the Commercial Market? (http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/Commercial-HOWTO-5.html) - People keep asking me ``When is Linux
going to be ready for the commercial market''. I guess the first thing
to discuss is what is meant by "commercial" in this context.
Consultants (http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/Consultants-HOWTO.html)- This document contains a listing of companies providing
commercial Linux related support. If you want to find a Linux consultant
or consulting firm in your area, this listing will probably be of help
- Linux Vendors (http://www.linux.org/vendors/index.html)
- (list of ~40)
- List of references to
commercial sites that make use of Linux to support their day-to-day business
(http://www.m-tech.ab.ca/linux-biz/)function. It's intended to be useful if you would like to find out
more about how Linux is being used in commercial and other ``production''
(i.e., not at home, not just for fun) environments.
whole list (http://www.linux.org/projects/index.html)
- The Linux Advocacy Project (http://www.10mb.com/linux/)-
The purpose of this project is to encourage developers of commercial software,
such as Netscape, Informix, and the many IP enabled packages out there,
to ensure they are GNU compliant and include a Linux port in their standard
- Linux Hardware
Compatibility Project (http://www.technonet.com/~bobby/index.html)- LHCP) The objective of this project is to convince
hardware vendors to write Linux drivers for their products.
- Linux Router Project
(http://www.psychosis.com/linux-router/)- New Use Linux as router, that runs from one 1.44 floppy and loads
the system into RAM.
- The Wine Project (http://www.linpro.no/wine/) - Documentation
of the Wine emulator that allows MS Windows applications to run on ix86
Unix Systems, including Linux.
to convince you company to use Linux?
- Advocacy of
Freely Redistributable Software (http://www.cyber.com.au/misc/frsbiz/#Advocacy)
Windows off the desktop is too risky, but you can preserve some OS choice (http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayNew.pl?/lewis/980216rl.htm)
- "How do I convince
my boss that Linux is an excellent operating system for business uses?"
- Looking for someone
with Linux experience? Looking for some place to use your Linux experience?
(http://electriclichen.com/people/dmarti/linuxmanship.html)- World domination in 1998? It's a big job, but we can dominate the
world one user and one box at a time. Here are some of my notes on advocating
- Operating System
Sucks-Rules-O-Meter (http://electriclichen.com/linux/srom.html)- This operating system quality and approval metric
is based on a periodic Alta Vista search for each of the 4 products above
directly followed by the word "sucks" or the word "rules."
(Installation Parties , Comdex, Annual Linux Expo, ,Linux-Kongress ',
USENIX and etc )
- Upcoming Events (http://www.linux.org/events/index.html)
Linux Sponsors in Japan (http://www.jp.debian.org/sponsor.html). - HappySize
Inc. (http://www.happysize.co.jp/) TOKYO INTERNET (http://www.TokyoNet.AD.JP/) and LASER5
(http://www.cdrom.co.jp/)- are the sponsor of the Debian GNU/Linux
Linux Showcase Sponsors (http://www.ale.org/showcase/1997/vendor/sponsors.html) - was meeting where most of the people
who use Linux as a viable business platform/tool...
- Digital (http://www.digital.com/):
Projection equipment, and Alpha Workstations.
- Genie Travel
Services (http://www.genietravel.com:1080/conf/als97/): Travel agency.
- MindSpring (http://www.mindspring.com/): Web hosting service.
- Nextel (http://www.nextel.com/): Mobile communications.
- Linux Lab Project's (http://www.llp.fu-berlin.de/sponsors.phtml)
Sponsors : ComputerBoards and HP
Why not Win95/NT?
- Case Study: Migration
Migraines (http://www.prninfo.com/aberdeen.html) -
- The impact of the migration completed to date on the call centerís
IS budget and management has been profound ó a one-third decrease in performance
accompanied by a fifty-percent increase in management costs. This does
not include production time lost because of workstation freezes, transmission
drops, or the constant re-booting needed to keep the server operational.
related pages (with more covering)
- LINUX BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
(http://www.m-tech.ab.ca/linux-biz/)- This page contains a list of references to commercial sites that
make use of Linux to support their day-to-day business function. It's intended
to be useful if you would like to find out more about how Linux is being
used in commercial and other production (i.e., not at home, not just for
- LinuxB Linux for Business (http://www.netnomics.com/linux/en/)
- Several reasons why businesses should use Linux
- Examples of businesses using Linux (big list)
- Freely Redistributable
Software in Business (http://www.cyber.com.au/misc/frsbiz/)
- Advantages of Freely Redistributable Software for Business
- Advocacy of Freely Redistributable Software
- Online Support and Resources
- Business Products
- Commercial Systems and Software Support
- Open Source
- Advantages for For Hardware Resellers and IT Consultants
- For Students Developing Business IT Projects
- Linux Enterprise Computing (http://linas.org/linux/) -
This page attempts to survey Linux in a corporate, commercial enterprise
setting. This is a necessarily huge topic, and so at best, I've touched
on a few idiosyncratic, eclectic topics, based on real-life experiences
and concerns of managing a company powered by Linux. These interests include
system and network management, databases, high-availability & fault-tolerance,
clustering and SMP support, project management tools, as well as wish-lists
of desired features.
- Linux Business Solutions
Project (http://linas.org/linux/web-project.html) - This is a new project whose goal is to provide more coherent,
comprehensive documentation on how Linux can be used to solve common business