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| Sir, I am always perplexed by the simplistic assessment of the factors
| that have propelled Linux to the shortlist of leading global enterprises.
| The argument is naively focused on open source and the misconception
| that this is analogous to "free". The free myth is perpetuated only by
| the "for profit" competition in an attempt to distract attention from
| the real issues that Linux solves.
| The compelling reason for Linux's successful incubation and adoption is
| quite simple: it works for us. Linux meets two key requirements of
| technically mature enterprise consumers - reliability and portability.
| These characteristics have either been absent, as in Microsoft Windows,
| or platform-specific, as in Unix incarnations, such as Sun Solaris,
| IBM AIX, and HP UX. Linux's architecture addresses the core flaw of
| Windows instability and the high cost of hardware/software-based Unix
| by introducing a portable, non-proprietary operating system.