"With a smaller footprint than other operating systems, it brings cost-effectiveness to products running on this system. In addition, the ability to tailor it to particular applications and platforms makes it particularly advantageous to print server development," Emmett reports. "It is scalable from the low end to the high end, by adding and removing components; therefore, it provides the basis for a wide range of solutions. Furthermore, since it is open-source software, it can be modified as necessary. Linux also allows us to leverage a qualified code base into multiple solutions."
Linux Not Compelling
Xinet CEO Scott Seebass reports that, as a spinoff of MT Xinu—the first company to develop commercial versions of Berkeley UNIX—Xinet has had a very long history with UNIX and emerging, UNIX-like operating systems.
"Linux is very similar to many of the operating systems that Xinet software already supports. And delivering our prepress products on Linux would be very easy for us, technically," Seebass states. However, at this point in time, he says that Xinet does not see any compelling reason for customers to choose to run machines on Linux instead of one of its existing, supported operating systems.
"Customers who want servers that run on Intel-based hardware because it is cheap and readily available, already have two choices: Solaris x86, which brings the most robust and scalable operating system available to Intel hardware at a very reasonable price, and Windows NT 2000, of which everyone is familiar," Seebass says. While a switch to Linux might lower customers' initial OS expense slightly, he notes that it also means abandoning the support of large, experienced OS development organizations that know how to build, test and deliver a stable, commercial-quality product.
Seebass does not believe that this is a reasonable tradeoff. However, he reports, "If, in the future, Linux becomes standardized and supported to the same extent as the other operating systems our software runs on, we will certainly provide products for the Linux platform."