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Washington Technology: Is Linux Going Mainstream? Maybe, But Government Still Lags

Sep 24, 2001, 22:54 (20 Talkback[s])

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"According to John Kelly, database administrator and project manager with Kenrob & Associates Inc., a contractor at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon, Va., the move to Linux is no longer perceived as a radical departure with convention.

Linux is 'stable, offering the flexibility of Unix but at a much lower cost,' Kelly said. Moreover, the strategy enables the FAA to 'reutilize several medium-sized servers, giving us more equipment options,' he said.

The FAA began exploring the Linux option about eight months ago, as the need to upgrade existing Oracle databases to later software versions became a priority. At the time, frequent problems with Microsoft NT-based servers soured Kelly and others on the operating system."

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