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Linux marches on

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It's easy to lose track of what's going on with Linux. That's due in part to the almost total lack of marketing hype. The kernel crew, led by Linus Torvalds, just keeps working away quietly in the background. Red Hat and Novell keep racking up strong revenue gains but don't spend much on advertising. And the big tech players, such as IBM, HP, and Dell, would actually prefer it if customers bought their proprietary and higher-margin products.

Meanwhile, step by step, the foundation underpining Linux just gets stronger and stronger. In the past few days, for instance, three bits of news have come out that aren't barn-burners on their own, but, together, amount to something. They signal that lots of blocking and tackling is being done that seems likely to make Linux an ever more important piece of corporate computing.

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