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SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Linux evangelist wins over Fortune 500 company

Dec 19, 2000, 08:23 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

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"Pitching Linux to management for the first time is brave enough. So, why risk your neck and job by offering an "all or nothing at all" Linux solution? That was Linux evangelist Jeff Davis' rationale when he focused his first Linux pitch on a little problem, rather than proposing a huge, mission-critical Linux project that could make or break his company."

"The small is beautiful approach worked wonderfully for Davis, senior systems programmer for Ameranda Hess, a Fortune 500 oil company in Houston, Tex. Davis knew that Linux would greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the high cost and complexity associated with the company's mission critical supercomputing system."

"Unfortunately, Ameranda Hess management "didn't think that Linux was ready for our compute-intensive, supercomputing applications," Davis recalls. "They thought Linux was a home hobbyist tool."

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