"Troubled by Microsoft's new licensing policy and unhappy with
Windows' performance, Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery Inc. is
mixing a new approach to its IT systems. The small, family-owned
winery and brewing company is using ingredients from Computer
Associates, IBM, and Red Hat to create a Linux solution that will
better support its growing IT systems.
"Westport is in the process of implementing Red Hat Linux
Advanced Server on its two Gateway dual-processor servers, which
run the company's AccPac accounting software from Computer
Associates and an IBM DB2 7.2 database. The winery will continue to
use Windows 2000 on its 13 desktops and four notebooks, but the
goal is to become a 'Microsoft-free' company within the next two
years, IT manager Jamey Russell says.
"By all indications, Linux is gaining critical vendor support.
It accounts for 27% of the market for server operating systems, up
from less than half of 1% in 1995, according to IDC. And more than
half of all Web servers run Linux..."