Don't let that cute little Linux penguin's sort of vacuous gaze fool you -- it might be poised to become a monster. Hewlett-Packard
Just last week, No. 1 computer maker HP announced plans to launch PCs in Asia that utilize Linux on their desktops. That's a huge market indeed. Further, governments in several Asian countries, such as China and Japan, are developing operating systems modeled after Linux. The popularity of Linux in that part of the world has been attributed both to lower costs as well as security concerns.
So, while the open-source operating system Linux remains an underdog, considering the massive hold of Microsoft
As one among several cases in point, Red Hat
Investors yawned off the news today, and that's understandable. While this is an interesting issue and a sign of gaining traction, there is still conjecture as to the ultimate success of Linux. However, news like this shows that HP is willing to look toward the future and make bets on where future growth could be. Considering some of the variables at hand, there seems to be good reason to give Linux some love -- and some thought.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any companies mentioned.