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InformationWeek.com: IT Managers Become More 'Open'-Minded

Apr 17, 2001, 13:02 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Radding)

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"A senior IT executive at a major West Coast bank scoffs at the notion of using open-source software. She recites a litany of fears: It's unsafe and unreliable; it won't fly with government regulators; and it lacks a support infrastructure. However, her fears are unfounded--and the odds are actually quite high that her bank already deploys open-source software as part of its Internet infrastructure. She just isn't aware of it yet."

"The growth of Linux has thrown the spotlight on open-source software. Linux, the most talked about open-source product today, is a PC-based version of the Unix operating system."

"Linux server shipments grew more than 24% last year, according to International Data Corp. Some analysts predict Linux will account for almost half of all business servers by 2004. The widespread adoption of the Apache Web server, Sendmail, and Perl scripting language--all open-source products--further illustrate the inroads open-source software has made in large companies."

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