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Yahoo!/Reuters: Intel Says Inspired by Napster to Change IT Systems

Oct 30, 2001, 23:29 (30 Talkback[s])
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"The free operating system Linux was another unexpected result from ad hoc Internet collaboration that has been embraced by Intel, saving the chip maker $200 million, Busch said.

The company ditched expensive Unix servers with proprietary Unix software and replaced them by cheaper servers equipped with Intel's own chips that run Linux software.

Linux was developed by the Finn Linus Torvalds, but improved by volunteer programmers on the web. Everyone is free to use the program, study the source code and suggest improvements.

Busch said it was easy to migrate to Linux because of its similarities with Unix -- Linux is a flavor of Unix. The Linux servers are used in the engineering and scientific departments of Intel. The company's business lines which rely on accounting software and other office software still use Microsoft's Windows 2000 as the operating system of choice."

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