"The company returned a split verdict on Linux following the
top-to-bottom review, while continuing to work with IBM Global
Services for integration and Microsoft Corp. and its partners for
other support, said Boeing executives. "We are evaluating Linux as
a potential operating system for use within Boeing," said Beverly
Clark, a communications manager at the company's IT unit."
"The several-months-long study evaluated the open-source
platform and considered its potential deployment throughout the
Fortune 500 company, said Clark. "The conclusion was that it
was a promising operating system [that] could be used with niche
applications," she said. "It was not ready for use as a
widespread [operating system] within Boeing."
"A recent CRN survey found, however, that solution providers on
the whole were warming up to offering Linux-based solutions. In
fact, according to the survey, 38 percent of solution providers
said they preferred rolling out Linux-based solutions compared with
43 percent of those who preferred Microsoft Windows-based
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