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NewsFactor: Windows and Open Source: Perfect Together?

Mar 22, 2003, 07:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Many CIOs may like the idea of open source software but may not feel ready to champion a switch to Linux or one of the BSD operating systems. Fortunately, plenty of open source and free software applications run on Windows, which is ubiquitous in nearly every IT department.

"For example, Windows users can find everything from office productivity suites to high-performance Web servers in the open source world. Compilers, scripting languages and tools to make Windows more like Unix also are available.

"Of course, myriad proprietary tools are not only available, but also more widely used than their open source counterparts. Why might an IT manager consider using a combination of Windows and open source applications? According to William Rowe, Jr., a senior software engineer at Covalent Technologies and an active member of the Apache Software Foundation, IT employees might face a mandate to run Windows even if they are more comfortable with open source offerings..."

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