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eWeek: Betting on Open Source

Dec 19, 2003, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Chen)

"As a developer of Internet-based wagering systems and networked solutions for gaming machines, eBet Ltd. is used to gambling. So it should come as no surprise that when the company needed an affordable integrated security solution, it placed its bets on open source.

"Micah Lloyd, eBet's systems administrator, is looking to open source to secure his network while helping him cut costs and avoid vendor lock-in. The Linux-based integrated security solution he deployed cost one-third of what a proprietary solution would have cost, said Lloyd, in Carlsbad, Calif.

"'Going with an open-source solution enabled me to bypass having to change hardware and pay licensing fees that were much more than I wanted to spend,' Lloyd said. 'The savings were substantial enough for us to go with a product based on open source...'"

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