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The Register: Open Source Puts Down Roots in Finland

Mar 05, 2003, 23:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Tober)

"Some 400 IT managers and other decision-makers from throughout Northern Europe explored the business climate, for GNU/Linux specifically and Open Source generally, in Helsinki last week. Government ministers as well as IT people from academia, large and small businesses and even a monk listened and debated with some of the leading lights of the GNU/Linux world. And The Register talked to a couple of local success stories.

"Brother Viktor is from Valamo Monastery, the Finnish Orthodox Church's only monastery. Valamo is located in the midst of the lake region of eastern Finland and supports itself chiefly through tourism, hosting more than 100,000 visitors a year. It runs its hospitality operations on Windows clients, but is in the process of switching to Oracle on Linux.

"'We began using Linux at the beginning of 1998,' Brother Viktor explained. 'We run the usual stuff like firewall/router, web server (including a web store) and email, with the main infrastructure, and then also your typical disk and print sharing for Windows clients, and of course the centralized backups.' The conservation laboratory also runs on Linux..."

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