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Linux Journal: A Conversation with Dr. Pamela Coker

Jul 22, 1999, 00:48 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marjorie Richardson)

"My brother and I started Acucorp about ten years ago, and we basically started with the idea that there were many Cobol applications out there that needed to be moved to new platforms."

"... we created a very portable compiler--it's more portable than Java. We used the same type of technology that Java does, but we have had it running for approximately ten years. It's portable across approximately 600 platforms--every form of UNIX including Linux. Plus, it's portable between Linux and NT or, in the old days, DOS or Novell Networks. The idea of ``write once and run anywhere'' is something we've believed in and had for ten years."

"Most of the money that's been spent on fixing Y2K programs has gone toward fixing Cobol programs. About 80% of the money has been spent on Cobol programs. It has actually been a boon for our business, because it means people are re-investing in these applications that are running their businesses."

"We haven't had a huge market here in the U.S. yet, but in Germany in particular, we have a strong Linux following. Linux is very big in Germany. Also, it's now spreading quite rapidly into France. I did Linux interviews almost two years ago in Europe, so Linux publications were already there at that time."

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