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FairfaxIT: Linux out of the cold into the cold

Aug 17, 1999, 09:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"Australian maker of embedded systems is using open source to gain competitive advantage over bigger, international rivals"

"Phasefale (www.phasefale.com.au), a family-owned business that specialises in control systems for refrigeration, already had a Java development effort well underway when the decision was made to leap into the Linux fold for its next generation of Web-based management technology."

"So taken with open source, Reaby has decided to retire the business's aging Novell network in favour of Linux."

"Java contractor Julian Salerno said NT offered extra functionality but at the expense of robustness."

"'The thing about refrigeration equipment is it can never stop,' Reaby said."

"NT has always been such a complex OS that chances are it would fall over at the wrong time. I couldn't risk it."

"I think the writing is on the wall. Linux has beaten Microsoft in the server market but they don't know it yet. In a couple of years, Microsoft will say 'oh no, what have we done'. But it will be too late."

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