Ha'aretz: The IDF is Thinking of Closing its Windows
Jan 01, 2003, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Yitzhak Tessler)
[ Thanks to amir
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"Colonel Avi Kochba, the new commander of Mamram, the Israel
Defense Forces central computer facility, has good news and bad
news for Bill Gates. The good news: the army will not abandon
Microsoft operating systems and servers in the near future. The bad
news: the IDF is beginning to give serious consideration to
transferring its data to Linux servers, and managing it there by
means of software based on an open source code.
"As in the two-year worldwide trend to break away gradually from
Microsoft domination, the reason given for considering the
transition is economic rather than ideological--the annual cost of
servers and permits to operate Windows is simply too great..."