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Case
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Reference no. 9-706-S16
Spanish language
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2004
Version: 7 July 2005
Length: 33 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

This is a Spanish version. A new technology platform conceived in the early 1990s, Linux developed into a force to be reckoned with in the operating system marketplace. At first, Linux was dismissed as a renegade option used only by tech geeks. By 2004, however, Linux had exploded into the mainstream and was being used throughout the enterprise, running everything from Web servers to mission-critical financial operations. Linux was, at the same time, the soul of the open source movement; the bread and butter of specialist companies like Novell and Red Hat; a strategic tool for larger players like IBM and Sun; a credible threat to the market leader, Microsoft; and a tactical alternative for governments around the world. Linux's new and multifaceted roles in the technology landscape makes it a complex case through which to examine a wide variety of business problems.

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Abstract

This is a Spanish version. A new technology platform conceived in the early 1990s, Linux developed into a force to be reckoned with in the operating system marketplace. At first, Linux was dismissed as a renegade option used only by tech geeks. By 2004, however, Linux had exploded into the mainstream and was being used throughout the enterprise, running everything from Web servers to mission-critical financial operations. Linux was, at the same time, the soul of the open source movement; the bread and butter of specialist companies like Novell and Red Hat; a strategic tool for larger players like IBM and Sun; a credible threat to the market leader, Microsoft; and a tactical alternative for governments around the world. Linux's new and multifaceted roles in the technology landscape makes it a complex case through which to examine a wide variety of business problems.

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