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Ha'aretz: The IDF is Thinking of Closing its Windows

Jan 01, 2003, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Colonel Avi Kochba, the new commander of Mamram, the Israel Defense Forces central computer facility, has good news and bad news for Bill Gates. The good news: the army will not abandon Microsoft operating systems and servers in the near future. The bad news: the IDF is beginning to give serious consideration to transferring its data to Linux servers, and managing it there by means of software based on an open source code.

"As in the two-year worldwide trend to break away gradually from Microsoft domination, the reason given for considering the transition is economic rather than ideological--the annual cost of servers and permits to operate Windows is simply too great..."

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