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FCW.com: Open minds on open source

Jan 15, 2001, 17:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Shaki Trimble)

"On Nov. 6, a team at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center finished the transition of the NASA Acquisition Internet Service to mySQL with barely a hitch, said Dwight Clark, computer systems analyst and project leader for NAIS. "

..."'We noticed an increase in [speed of] performance' since the change and have not experienced any problems with the product, Clark said. 'We kept waiting for the other shoe to fall from the time we started investigating mySQL, but it never did.'

Open-source software is still an unconventional option for most federal agencies, but support is building for its use as many federal agencies enjoy the benefits of fast, low-cost systems such as Linux."

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