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iTnews: Weatherman Likes Linux

Aug 29, 2002, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Woodhead)

"The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has joined the growing number of Federal Government departments to embrace Linux, moving its Web servers over to a Linux cluster and exploring a roll out of the open source OS to a portion of its 50 Unix servers.

"BoM assistant director of computing Peter Gigliotti said the department is replacing its existing Web servers with a cluster of four to eight PCs running Linux because Unix does not provide the scalability the Bureau's Web site demands. The Bureau has been toying with the idea of rolling out a Linux cluster for a number of months.

"'We're in the process of setting up a cluster of PCs with Linux on them. We're planning to have four to eight [PCs in the cluster] at the moment but that could increase,' said Gigliotti. 'We have been using Unix but Linux scales better...'"

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