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NEW YORK—First we had the PC generation. Then the Internet generation. And now we’re in the midst of the Linux generation. And it’s not too soon too join.

That was the message of Computer Associates International Inc.’s Senior Vice President and Chief Architect Sam Greenblatt, who delivered the LinuxWorld keynote here Thursday morning.

“Linux is the only way that on-demand [computing] can work,” Greenblatt told attendees. “It’s the key enabler for pervasive computing. It’s in all form factors. And it scales.”

Greenblatt highlighted a number of user scenarios in government, education, industry and consumer arenas where open source is playing a major role. Given CA’s focus on management tools and technologies, he played up the role that Linux and other open-source software now play and will play in the not-too-distant future. He emphasized how Linux servers, appliances, and network and storage systems are increasingly “virtualized,” as well as the role that Linux plays in the autonomic-computing space, with its provision and management capabilities.

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