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Philadelphia Inquirer: Linux system is the best that money can't buy

Jul 30, 1999, 13:02 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)

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"For companies that are used to working with Windows NT, that kind of reliability can be a real eye-opener, says Buck Fleming, president of LinuxForce Inc. in Lansdowne."

"That was the case at the Delaware County Daily Times, where Fleming's company installed a system running Windows NT to put the newspaper's classified ads onto the Web in 1996. "Every week, something was wrong with the system, and somebody had to go there and fix it," said Fleming. "I used to get calls regularly in the middle of the night. It drove me crazy."

"Chris Fearnley, the head of the Philadelphia Linux User Group and now LinuxForce's senior vice president of technology, suggested replacing Windows NT with Linux. For a year, Fleming resisted the idea. "If it's free, how good could it be?" Fleming recalls thinking. "It was too wild for me to even consider."

"In late 1997, Fleming gave in, and replaced the $62,000 Windows NT server at the Daily Times with a $1,200 Linux system. The Linux system proceeded to run without interruption for the next year - 357 days, to be exact - until it was taken down for an upgrade."

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