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Information Week: Westport Rivers Toasts Open Source

Aug 22, 2002, 13:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Greenemeier)

[ Thanks to Douglas D. Darnold for this link. ]

"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..."

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