The stage is set for a battle royal over which server operating system will dominate IT departments in coming years. On the one hand are the upstart Linux distributors armed with last year's new releases, on the other established purveyors of proprietary Unix, many of whom are backing Linux as well. The decision is an important one for the large companies that need server operating systems because of its implications for the cost of IT.
For IT departments it is a decision that will be charged with emotion because it could involve giving up hard-won knowledge and skills.
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