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Yahoo/TechWeb: In School: How Texas Tech Transitioned To Linux

Jun 04, 2003, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Texas Tech University first tried Linux in 1998 when it needed a flexible operating system that could run Oracle underneath the school's RaiderLink intranet site for students, staff, and visitors. Brandon LaBonte, the university's director of software development, wanted to migrate the data that fed the intranet site off a Microsoft SQL database and onto Oracle 8i, which he perceived as more flexible. 'We didn't have the budget to invest in proprietary hardware for the Oracle database,' he says. So the university tried Linux on Intel-based servers.

"Linux's worldwide support network of programmers and IT professionals mitigated some of the operating system's risks and helped keep costs down. 'If there's a problem, the answer is somewhere out there,' LaBonte says. 'There are lots of eyes on the code. The fixes are there, and they're free...'"

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