Alternatives to NT
Wed, 07 Oct 1998 10:09:13 +1000
Linux backing is good news, bad news for Be, other alternative OSes
By Lisa Bowman, ZDNet News
October 2, 1998 5:13 PM PT
Red Hat Software Inc.'s announcement of major funding from industry
heavyweights might be making other alternative operating system
companies green with envy. But one of them, Be Inc., is praising the
news -- and promising to make its own splash in the coming months.
On Tuesday, Red Hat, distributor of the alternative OS Linux,
unveiled backing from Intel, Netscape Communications and two venture
capitalists, lending even more momentum to OSes other than those
created by Microsoft Corp..
Linux and BeOS are not the only alternatives to NT.
>From a story in Yesterday's AFR:
Mortgage Choice hits bumps in revving up its IT
... the reasons behind its pressing need for a system upgrade were
more mundane. Its 240-seat Windows NT network was simply overloaded.
The cost of ownership was one reason the company chose the IBM
AS/400 platform which it believes is robust enough to sustain the
business if it succeeds in building the number of franchisees from
160 to 800.
... The Assistant Professor jumped out of the boat, ran
across the water to the dock, and returned with bait in hand.
"I don't know," groused the Department Head, "should we
grant tenure to someone who's never learned to swim?"