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Computerworld: Ford Explores Switch to Linux-based Servers

Sep 23, 2003, 14:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carol Sliwa)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Ford Motor Co. is poised to join the ranks of large corporations that are exploring the use of Linux to replace some of their Unix-based servers, company officials confirmed last week.

"Ford currently uses versions of Unix from Sun Microsystems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM. But it's considering more widespread use of Linux on Intel Corp. hardware for some of its server-based applications, primarily because of the potential cost benefits, said George Surdu, director of global IT infrastructure at Ford.

"'Do we believe Linux will have a home in Ford Motor Co.? The answer is absolutely yes,' said Surdu. 'Will it be the be-all, end-all for Ford Motor Co.? No way. But we are very encouraged and pretty excited about Linux in certain spaces...'"

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