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Federal Computer Week: GTSI throws weight behind Linux

Jan 06, 2000, 23:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Verton)

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"Government Technology Services Inc. plans to announce an agreement with Red Hat Inc. to become the first enterprise-level reseller of the Linux operating system in the federal information technology market...."

"Mark Thoreson, inside sales manager for GTSI, said the company has been kicking around the idea of offering Linux services and solutions for the past six months. In fact, GTSI's Linux sales surpassed $2 million last Sept. without a contract in place to support it, Thoreson said...."

"Thoreson added that Linux already enjoys a robust presence throughout the federal market, despite the common perception that it has yet to penetrate government IT shops. Various scientific and engineering organizations throughout the Transportation Department, Navy, Federal Communication Commission and other agencies already have Linux-based systems in place, he said. "It's amazing how many people are already using it," Thoreson said, adding that the deal with Red Hat "is only the beginning."

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