NewsForge: Linux Energizes Australian Power Provider

[ Thanks to Brice
for this link. ]

“Country Energy, one of the largest providers of electrical
power in Australia, is a good example of a public sector company
that has taken Linux seriously. The company, which has annual
revenues of about $1 billion a year, operates more than 200,000
miles of power lines, serving the needs of about 750,000 customers
in five states or territories. Some of the more famous customers
include the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne’s Rialto Towers, and One
Steel Wollongong.

“When David Peters, Country Energy’s information technology
manager, faced the prospect of dwindling platform and application
support for the company’s proprietary Unix systems, he took a step
toward migrating the company’s core business systems to open source
software. Peters wanted to leverage the large amount of in-house
Unix skills within the IT department by choosing Linux as the
operating system platform for front-end applications…”