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Sep 12, 2003, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Karen D. Schwartz)

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"Rick Beebe has a tough job. Not only is he responsible for running the email servers, Web servers, and search engine for Yale University's School of Medicine's 6,000 students, professors, and administrative staff, but he also manages the medical school's networking infrastructure. For more than a decade, Beebe has relied on Unix--predominantly Hewlett-Packard's Tru64 Unix--to run the school's major applications and manage the school's 350 network devices. But when it came time to consolidate the university's network management infrastructure, Beebe looked to Linux.

"A few years ago, Beebe began taking a hard look at Linux. Starting out, he chose to develop a few small applications in Red Hat Linux. Experience with those applications led him to determine that the operating system, while perhaps not ready to handle a Web server that receives 50 million hits per month, was now stable, secure, and robust enough--not to mention inexpensive and easy to use--to expand its horizons at the School of Medicine..."

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