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The lessons of Linux

Microsoft learns from the operating system's strengths, Red Hat wants to take the OS to schools, and Turbolinux looks beyond its namesake.

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Microsoft learns from the strengths of the operating system that it loves to hate, Red Hat wants to take the OS to schools, and Turbolinux looks beyond its namesake. Linus Torvalds, meanwhile, says the kernel is good enough for most applications and that the big thing lately is the look and feel.
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Open source and commercial challenges
Brian Behlendorf, founder, Apache, and Linus Torvalds, founder, Linux kernel

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Open source creates an even playing field
Linus Torvalds, founder, Linux kernel, and Dirk Hohndel, former CTO, SuSE

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The future of the GPL
Brian Behlendorf, founder, Apache, and Linus Torvalds, founder, Linux kernel

Turbolinux emphasizes non-Linux products
One of the four companies to win prominence selling the Linux operating system now is trying to direct attention to higher-level software that runs on many different computers.
August 31, 2001 
Linux debate focuses on future
video Open-source leaders gathered this week at LinuxWorld in San Francisco to discuss the future of the programming movement they helped create.
August 30, 2001 
Red Hat CEO pushes Linux in schools
Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik says Linux developers should take some of the time they devote to programming and put it toward boosting open-source software in education.
August 30, 2001 
Microsoft learns from enemy Linux
The software titan has spent a lot of time attacking Linux recently, but it has learned and benefited from the rival operating system.
August 29, 2001 
Making Linux usable tops Torvalds' list
The biggest development in Linux in the past year has been a more refined user interface, Linus Torvalds says, deprecating the deeper work that remains his own domain.
August 29, 2001 
Lawyer Lessig raps new copyright laws
Copyright and patent law, ostensibly designed to protect innovation, now have become tools large companies can use to maintain their dominance and control, Lawrence Lessig says.
August 29, 2001 
Motorola picks Lineo for set-top box
Lineo's Embedix product--which combines Linux with proprietary software--will be an option on Motorola's DCT5000 series of high-end set-top television boxes.
August 28, 2001 
Linux company to work on supercomputer
Linux NetworX will collaborate with SGI and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop software for storing data on "clusters" of Linux computers.
August 28, 2001 
Compaq: Big business still leery of Linux
It has technical strength and industry momentum, but several obstacles remain before the Unix clone will penetrate the deepest parts of corporate computing.
August 28, 2001 
IBM finds new backing for Linux
Updating the love it has for Linux, IBM argues that the relatively new operating system has begun fulfilling its potential as mainstream customers build serious servers with it.
August 27, 2001 

previous coverage
Compaq signs deal with open-source firm
The computer maker agrees to work with Covalent Technology to jointly develop and market Covalent's Apache Web server software.
August 24, 2001 
Linux start-up bets on new product, HP deal
Mission Critical Linux releases a new high-end product for telecommunications companies and announces a partnership with Hewlett-Packard, moves that could help the start-up resolve uncertainty about its future.
August 24, 2001