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Apr 12, 2002, 16:00 (29 Talkback[s])

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"When the loss of about 1,000 computer servers in the World Trade Center attacks put Lehman Brothers in the market to buy millions of dollars of systems, it looked at a slightly unorthodox option: Linux, an operating system that is as noteworthy for its speed as for the fact that its source code is free.

"Now that it has tested a Linux system in-house, Lehman plans to replace about half of the lost servers with ones that use this technology.

"'We want to push as much as we can into that space,' said Bridget O'Connor, a Lehman senior vice president and its global head of architecture and engineering technology.

"While Lehman has not yet signed a contract to install Linux, its testing showed that the system runs about twice as fast as its existing server system at roughly one-quarter of the cost, Ms. O'Connor said. 'So where we needed 24, now we need 12--that's compelling...'"

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