Linux in the news
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Linux in the retail business. A press release from Informix and Apropos went out this week. Therein is described a retail system that will be deployed into more than 100 Jay Jacobs (a U.S. clothing chain) stores over the next year. The system, of course, is based on Linux and Informix. According to the president of Apropos: "We place heavy demands on our store systems, including not only speed and reliability, but 24-hour availability, scheduled tasking, and remote support ability as well. Linux provides all this and more, with far better performance and at a much lower cost to our customers." It's hard to find a better endorsement than that.
Another fancy IT consulting house has come out in favor of Linux. SI Futures Limited, in the UK, has put out this press release with the news. "Despite one or two disadvantages, Linux provides an Internet operating system which is reliable, scalable, and easily manageable. As it is also one of the world's fastest growing operating systems, it could pose a real threat to Microsoft's dominance in the future." Getting the think tanks to endorse Linux is an important step toward getting the pointy-haired bosses to sign off, so this is a good thing.
Speaking of fancy consultancies, The Gartner Group has announced its annual operating system survey. "The biggest discovery is the rise of new operating systems, which are growing faster than any other non-Microsoft system... The most promising are Linux and JavaOS." See their announcement for more.
Are you certified? Linuxcertification.org popped up on the net this week. Therein is described a possible Linux engineer certification group, and a list of topics that a certification test might cover. Some of the background for this site is to be found in this open letter from Tobin Maginnis, who is the driving force behind this effort. If certification is really deemed to be necessary, some sort of vendor independent body is probably the best way to go about it.
November 5, 1998