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NewsForge: Disney, Linux and the "Next Big Thing" in Computing

Jun 20, 2002, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])

"A number of companies who look like unlikely candidates for Linux are making the switch. Like at Disney, many of them have executives who see the Open Source community as a threat to their business. Like at Disney, whatever management may think of the Open Source movement, company engineers are rapidly standardizing on Linux to solve a unique set of technical problems.

"You may have heard or read the Disney Company announcement this week that it was standardizing its digital animation platform on Linux from Hewlett -Packard. You may have been surprised. This is the same company that has denounced Open Source activists. It is the same company which has lobbied for restrictive legislation such as the bill that used to be called the SSSCA. It may seem ironic that a company Open Source advocates once tried to boycott is putting its multinational stamp of approval on Linux.

"Whatever the political position of company executives, Disney employees have been using Open Source products for some time..."

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