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Law.com: "Firm Takes the Linux Route to Computing -- Detroit firm drops Microsoft operating system

Oct 18, 2000, 06:50 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Claire Barliant)

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"It was desperation that drove Joseph Seward, the partner in charge of technology at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, to install Linux as its operating system. Previously, the firm had been using a hodgepodge of operating systems: Windows 3.1 and 95 and Hewlett-Packard Unix, a commercial forebear of Linux. But Y2K concerns led Seward to consider an upgrade: "We push paper," says Seward, "and we have got to be able to put out paper anytime...."

"Apart from Y2K concerns, Linux is rock solid. Few viruses affect Linux, and those that do don't have the devastating effect a virus can have on Windows NT. There are several layers of protection on Linux that a virus has to go through, while on Windows, once a virus is in, it can go anywhere and wreak havoc."

"This switch made sense for Cummings McClorey in part because it would not have to replace any of its PCs. Unique Systems plugged network cards into the old computers and transformed them into machines that were compatible with Linux. "You can stick the card into any PC and instantly turn it into a Linux box," says Glenn Jacobson, the president of Unique Systems."

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