The Standish Group: I Bet the Farm on Linux

A Worldwide Contest

The Standish Group will award a plush cozy blanket to the
selected IT executive in a medium or large company anywhere on the
planet who can document a successful deployment of any
mission-critical application on the Linux operating system.

This luxurious, deep-pile cotton blanket is suitable for curling
up into the fetal position and sucking your thumb when your T-1
lines go down. Or when you just feel like schlepping around the
office with a dog named Snoopy. HURRY. Enter now to claim this
coveted, one-of-a-kind prize. This one-time offer won’t last long.
Enter NOW while supply (one blanket) lasts. You do not have to be
present to win.

Here are the hastily-devised contest rules:

1) Only commercial organizations with annual revenues exceeding
$250M are eligible. (Sorry, high-tech companies, non-profit and
government agencies are ineligible.)(Sorry, Standish Group
employees, you’re not eligible either.)

2) The winning organization must be running at least one
mission-critical production application on Linux. We define a
mission-critical application as an ATM network, a purchasing
system, an airline reservation system, an order processing system
or any other OLTP system. Task uncritical applications such as
general ledger, accounts payable, e-mail, word processing and
general office applications don’t qualify. Don’t bother.

3) We must be able to interview the senior IT executive at the
company to verify details of the winning system.

4) Only the senior IT executive at the company can receive this
prestigious award.

In the unlikely case of multiple entries, the decision of a
panel of distinguished judges will be based upon an aerodynamic
random selection method by means of a semi-precious metal to
determine the winner. Decision of the judges is final.

To enter, fill in the entry form, including a brief description
of your Linux-based mission-critical system. All entries must be
submitted by April 1, 1999. (Just kidding. Entries are due in by
May 1, 1999.)

Editor’s note: The contest is currently closed. Links to the
rules and entry form have been taken down at the request of the
Standish group.

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