"The importance of Linux as an OS is still growing, and in fact,
in some areas it is surpassing once NT-dominated areas, such as Web
servers. I was recently asked to do a project for a large European
public company. It received a license from the local finance
ministry to run an online casino, and the management opted for an
all-Linux solution. Bear in mind that it did so against a very
substantial offer from Microsoft to assist the project financially
(free Win 2000 licenses) and technically (free onsite MS system
"Online gambling is already big in Europe today, and having a
legal website to go to, surely will make for a lot of users, and --
more importantly -- a lot of traffic. This particular site is
expected to reach upward of 30 million hits per day."
"I was asked to design a solution with the following
Security (credit card numbers need to travel securely and be
stored securely) Performance (all clicks need to be responded
within the sub-second, server-side) Scalability (the company needs
to be able to respond quickly to increasing traffic) Open standards
(no closed or proprietary technology to be used) Reliability (the
site needs to be up 99.9 percent of the year)."
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