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ComputerWorld: Retailer [Jay Jacobs] Bets Big on Linux

Feb 09, 1999, 14:30 (3 Talkback[s])

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"But plays it safe with NT, Unix at corporate headquarters."

"Jay Jacobs is spending $1.7 million this year -- about 2.5% of its revenue -- to replace the ancient DOS-based systems at its headquarters and in its 120 stores."

"But Lawrence is taking the savings gained by adopting a new operating system only so far. At headquarters, he's hedging his bets with the more established NT and Unix."

"... many users are now considering Linux because they have become frustrated with Windows NT's need for service packs to perform with adequate stability.

"For example, Envision Utility Software Corp., a maker of billing software for utilities, has found a large performance increase when using Oracle Corp.'s Oracle8 database on Linux as opposed to on NT..."

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