It is clear to most, including Microsoft, that Linux is not a flash-in-the-pan technology. The real question now is where IT organizations will ultimately take the popular open source operating system, and whether there's room for both Linux and Windows to live under the same roof.
There is a vocal minority of IT professionals who are passionate about their preference of Windows or Linux. Most, however, are decidedly more practical.
Although vendors such as Novell and Red Hat are starting to roll out products that help manage open source desktops, there are still some nagging issues that are keeping Linux from making headway with enterprises entrenched on the Windows client.
Microsoft has made its prized Windows source code available to a greater number of customers under its Shared Source Initiative. So why are so few taking the software maker up on its offer?
An organization's selection of a clustering platform is largely a matter of environment and the task at hand.