“Unilever has dropped plans to move its global IT infrastructure
onto a Linux platform by 2006, saying the cost benefits originally
used to justify the risk of the migration are no longer there.
“The consumer goods giant, which manufactures brands such as
Domestos, Dove and Flora, announced plans back in 2003 to cut
£66m [US$121m/€97m] from its IT budget by switching from
a Unix server platform to Linux running on Itanium. The aim was to
eventually migrate the company’s massive SAP systems onto the Linux