Linux is operating in high circles these days. The Royal Family's Web site www.royal.gov.uk is now running on the open source operating system.
Colin Tenwick, vice president and general manager of Red Hat Europe said: "We found out from Netcraft who do Web site research that the Royal Family's Web site is running Apache Web server on Linux Red Hat instead of Sun's solaris operating system."
Could Linux soon be expecting a telegram from the Queen? Not for another 92 years.
Linux was eight years old last Friday. Version 0.01 was first introduced into the world on 17 September 1991, but it has proved a precocious child and has grown very quickly.
Tenwick said: "Eight years ago Linux was a glint in the eye. Now it is on the verge of becoming the most prevalent operating system worldwide."
He added: "In the past twelve months particularly it has accelerated in growth and is being adopted by SMEs and businesses with the backing of the likes of Oracle, Informix and Sybase."
In eight years from now Tenwick does not see it out-growing its open source origins: "Open source will be the major way software is developed and deployed," he said.
Jon Prial, director, Integrated Solutions and Linux Marketing for IBM said: "Linux has as big a buzz around it as we've even seen. It's come a long way very quickly and things will get even more interesting as it is beginning to achieve awareness in the CIO's office."
IDC analyst Kirsten Ludvigsen believes Linux is a precocious developer: "It's like a teenager. It has a lot of fun stuff, but lacks maturity and hardcore responsibilities."
"It's not very good at clustering and only handles four processors so far, compared to Sun's Solaris which handles 64."
Red Hat is pleased to announce on Linux's anniversary the launch of its certification programme in the UK.
The Red Hat Certified Engineer qualification is aimed at experienced Unix and Linux technical professionals wishing to obtain Red Hat Certified Engineer status.
Tenwick said: "It's all about offering the best level of support and is part of bringing Linux out of the garage and into the office."
He added: "We want Red Hat Linux to be the best quality in the industry."
Lasting five days, the course covers Red Hat Linux installation, basic configuration and administration, advanced installation and configuration, X Windowing, standard networking services and systems administration and security.
It costs £1,599 plus VAT and can be undertaken between October and December 1999.
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