CNN: Will federal gov’t wear a Red Hat?

“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.”

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