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Sep 18, 2000, 16:06 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Two years ago, Owens-Illinois computer specialist Matthew Chappee recommended that the company use the Linux operating system to run the plant. ... But there was one hurdle. There was no software program running on Linux to manipulate the massive Oracle database that holds the information that makes the plant tick. No problem, Chappee said. He would write it. And he did, all 45,000 lines of code in the C programming language."

"Since 1998, the Linux-based system has run without a hitch, said Streubing, information systems manager for the plant. He chuckles at the thought of what has been achieved by Chappee and his two Linux-fan colleagues, software developer Wayne Hoxsie and system administrator Jeremy Brenner. "We've got a couple of bleeding-edge guys here," Streubing said. "We've got a very open-minded boss," the 28-year-old Chappee responded."

"Meanwhile, the company has stopped leasing the massive mainframe from Hewlett-Packard, and instead bought a small server specialized for running Linux from VA Linux Systems. The bottom line, according to Chappee, is that Owens-Illinois so far has saved an estimated $226,833 by switching to Linux hardware and software systems."

"In keeping with the open source software movement that gave birth to Linux, Chappee makes his software available to anyone at his Web site -- www.orasoft.org. He also has used comments from Oracle employees and others to improve the software. Chappee said he relishes the fact that computer users at Microsoft have downloaded his software 12 times."

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