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LinuxWorld: Linux is in the forecast for weather.com

Sep 12, 2000, 19:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Cook)

"weather.com is moving its voluminous image and ad data over to Linux. The company is making the switch in part because of the talent supply from colleges and universities and, surprisingly, because of good support."

"The problem with weather is that no one can do anything about it. That's an advantage for weather.com, the Weather Channel's Website because it means everyone from golfers to travelers is intensely interested in what the weather will be. When weather.com picked Linux to replace Sun Solaris on the image servers on its site, it did so because of its advantages and a couple of its disadvantages as well."

"The disadvantage -- that Linux started as an low-cost, amateur operating system among students and computer enthusiasts -- was a major plus for weather.com, according to Mark Ryan, chief technology officer for the Weather Channel Enterprises. It meant that talented young programmers were familiar with Linux. That was in contrast to Sun Solaris, which weather.com had been using to serve images."

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