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CIO: Open Source Ascendant

Jul 03, 2005, 15:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Koch)

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"In the summer of 2003, Mickey Lutz did something that most CIOs, even today, would consider unthinkable: He moved a critical part of his IT infrastructure from the mainframe and Unix to Linux. For Lutz, the objections to Linux, regarding its technical robustness and lack of vendor support, had melted enough to justify the gamble. 'The issues raised around open source, around its viability, were in the past,' recalls Lutz, CIO for Global Agency Solutions with Cendant Travel Distribution Services, the parent company of online travel brands Orbitz and CheapTickets.com.

"Few CIOs agreed with Lutz then or now..."

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