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Linux takes over Wall Street, but business concerns linger

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I laughed when I read Network World's headline: "Wall Street Becoming Linux Stronghold." Is it 1999 or 2008, I wondered? Linux has long found a warm reception on Wall Street, where enterprises view IT as a source for competitive advantage. Network World cites one analyst's estimate that "Linux adoption among the 14 biggest investment firms this year will reach more than 72 percent of the installed operating server base vs. 60 percent in 2006."

That's big.

But the article goes beyond the "Wall Street uses a lot of Linux" argument and hones in on the next round of debate: Now that Wall Street has adopted Linux for technology benefits, are there licensing downsides?

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