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ComputerWorld: Burlington Coat Factory Finds That Linux Runs Smoothly, Despite Lack of Support

Aug 09, 1999, 17:13 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"In February, Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Inc. became one of the largest companies to commit to a rollout of more than 1,000 Linux PCs and servers... CIO Mike Prince, a keynote speaker at this week's Linux World Conference & Expo in San Jose, told Computerworld senior writer David Orenstein on Aug. 2 that Linux has performed very well so far but has been hindered by inconsistent support from application vendors.

Q: How is the rollout going?

A: The first thing we did ... we were opening up a new distribution center ... and we needed to deploy about 50 desktops there, and we deployed Linux. It exceeded our expectations. It has been invisible operationally to me that we put Linux over there.

As we've been opening stores all spring and summer, we've been deploying Linux. That's gone well, too. I don't know of any glitches. A total of [1,250] machines are going to get shipped [to older stores], probably while we are out at Linux World. Our experience in at least a dozen [new] stores is it has done everything we expected."

"Q: Do you have a sense about whether owning a Linux PC will cost less than other operating systems?

A: Yes. Everybody involved with the project so far feels like in every way that for lower support requirements and stability, Linux has met its objectives. It's about as stable and reliable and easy to support as we think any operating system could be."

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