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Oct 03, 2002, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open-source security tools that can be used on both Linux and Windows platforms could see a spike in popularity, thanks to Microsoft's recent license price increases and security fears about Windows platforms.

"Analysts say that the high cost of the new Windows licensing, coupled with concerns that Windows is more exploitable than other operating systems, is driving IT administrators to take a hard look at Linux and the prospect of using open-source.

"'They say: 'Our bills are going up X per year because of this [licensing] change--let's look at switching even some of our systems,'' said Charles King, an analyst at The Sageza Group Inc. in Mountain View, Calif..."

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