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Federal Computer Week: Linux Comes of Age

Sep 19, 2001, 22:05 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Heather B. Hayes)

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"...The Bureau of the Public Debt saved more than $330,000 in start-up costs when it chose Linux over other operating systems for its Dynamic Web Publishing project, but that's not what initially prompted officials to choose the open-source route. Their reasons had more to do with compatibility.

The Dynamic Web Publishing project validates and publishes all its data using Extensible Markup Language (XML). The bureau uses the open-source Apache Web server software to process XML. "Since Linux seems to be the development base for all Apache-related activities, we felt like it would make sense to do our development in Linux," said Steve Ryan, an Internet programmer analyst for the Bureau of the Public Debt. "So we turned to it because it was openly available with no cost and no licensing fees and also because it's reliable and state-of-the-art."

As a franchising entity, Ryan's office develops systems that can be used by other federal departments. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has already deployed the Dynamic Web Publishing application, and the Bureau of the Public Debt will migrate to it by this fall."

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