"Linux, which has quietly been gaining ground in the
commercial and government sectors for the past few years,
appears poised to become the government's operating system of
choice for mission-critical applications."
"Providing the boost will be GTSI, which told FCW last week that
it 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."
"Negotiations [with Red Hat] are in their final stages," said
Mark Thoreson, inside sales manager for GTSI. Even without a
contract in place, GTSI's Linux sales surpassed $2 million last
September, Thoreson said."
"Linux already enjoys a robust presence throughout the federal
market despite the common perception that it has yet to penetrate
government IT shops."