"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
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
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