The Linux operating system is catching up to conventional Unix systems in terms of scalability and robustness, according to a study by D. H. Brown Associates Inc., a technology assessment firm.

“For the first time, the strongest Linux distributions surpass the weakest Unix systems in overall functionality,” DHBA, Port Chester, N.Y., says in its Linux Function Review, noting that the version 2.4 of the Linux kernel has improved operating system features.

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