"Many CIOs may like the idea of open source software but may not
feel ready to champion a switch to Linux or one of the BSD
operating systems. Fortunately, plenty of open source and free
software applications run on Windows, which is ubiquitous in nearly
every IT department.
"For example, Windows users can find everything from office
productivity suites to high-performance Web servers in the open
source world. Compilers, scripting languages and tools to make
Windows more like Unix also are available.
"Of course, myriad proprietary tools are not only available, but
also more widely used than their open source counterparts. Why
might an IT manager consider using a combination of Windows and
open source applications? According to William Rowe, Jr., a senior
software engineer at Covalent Technologies and an active member of
the Apache Software Foundation, IT employees might face a mandate
to run Windows even if they are more comfortable with open source