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Dec 02, 2002, 05:30 (26 Talkback[s])
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"Musicians might recognize the name Ernie Ball as an icon credited with being an electric guitar industry pioneer. Ernie Ball Inc., the global manufacturer of guitar strings, electric guitars and basses, that bears his name, is now making a name for itself as a software industry pioneer.

"Over the past two years, Ernie Ball, the company, has moved its IT system almost entirely to open-source software, ditching older systems powered by Windows operating systems. It represents a growing class of small- and medium-sized businesses finding opportunity in alternative software such as the Linux operating system.

"Its corporate servers and desktop computers run a version of Linux from Red Hat. The company's time clock and security systems are also powered by Linux servers. The open-source Gnome user interface has replaced the popular Windows start-up screen on employee desktops. Company e-mail is managed with Ximian's Evolution software, not Microsoft's popular Outlook client. Employees now type memos and view presentations using the freely available OpenOffice software suite..."

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