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VARBusiness: Why We Love Linux

May 16, 2002, 01:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Wright)

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"Almost three years ago, a large Japanese engineering firm came to Fly-By-Day Consulting, an Atlanta-based solution provider specializing in Linux-based security solutions, looking for integration services for its e-mail server, which ran on the open-source OS. Bob Toxen, founder of Fly-By-Day, configured the Linux server for the Japanese enterprise, and Toxen believed he had roped in a major Linux customer. However, more than two years elapsed before the engineering firm followed up with Toxen, and he assumed that the customer had simply dropped Linux in favor of a more mainstream operating environment.

"He was wrong. The client came back for more Linux last September because its e-mail server needed to be reconfigured,for the first time in two years. Toxen said the elapsed time between engagements with the customer was actually a testament to the stability of Linux. 'I just assumed that they finally converted to [Microsoft] Exchange because they primarily used Windows,' Toxen says. 'Now they're one of my largest customers...'"

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