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PC Week: Rolling down the Linux highway [B.F. Goodrich deployment]

Jun 28, 1999, 19:10 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Chen)

"B.F. Goodrich expands open-source OS's role to Web server apps and beyond

B.F. Goodrich Co. may have given up its tire division a decade ago, but that didn't stop managers there from reinventing the IT wheel.

That's what happened when the Richfield, Ohio, aerospace parts manufacturer became an early supporter of Linux. At its Grand Rapids, Mich., office, the open-source operating system replaced a Banyan Systems Inc. VINES network..."

"Goodrich originally evaluated Windows NT, Solaris and NetWare to replace VINES. The company wanted an operating system that was both cost-effective and reliable. Then Stoddard decided to try installing Linux 1.1 on a pair of old Pentium 166s... By running Linux on older equipment, he told his managers, Goodrich could save thousands of dollars in licensing fees and hardware."

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