"Linux, the open-source operating system with an outsider
mystique, is now proliferating on powerful government computer
systems in the United States and abroad with technology giants
increasingly providing support.
"At a Tokyo trade show on Friday, IBM was announcing the sale of
more than 75 Linux-based computer systems to U.S. agencies
including the Air Force, the Defense, Agriculture and Energy
departments and the Federal Aviation Administration.
"Overseas, Linux systems help keep order in Germany's parliament
as well as China's post office, France's culture, defense and
education ministries and other federal agencies in Europe and
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