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CRN: Boeing Reviews Linux With Mixed Results

Apr 29, 2000, 16:32 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward F. Moltzen)

"The company returned a split verdict on Linux following the top-to-bottom review, while continuing to work with IBM Global Services for integration and Microsoft Corp. and its partners for other support, said Boeing executives. "We are evaluating Linux as a potential operating system for use within Boeing," said Beverly Clark, a communications manager at the company's IT unit."

"The several-months-long study evaluated the open-source platform and considered its potential deployment throughout the Fortune 500 company, said Clark. "The conclusion was that it was a promising operating system [that] could be used with niche applications," she said. "It was not ready for use as a widespread [operating system] within Boeing."

"A recent CRN survey found, however, that solution providers on the whole were warming up to offering Linux-based solutions. In fact, according to the survey, 38 percent of solution providers said they preferred rolling out Linux-based solutions compared with 43 percent of those who preferred Microsoft Windows-based solutions."

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