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Dec 02, 2002, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"For Harry Roberts, the decision to deploy his company's critical applications on the open source Linux operating system was anything but an impulsive leap. Instead, the CIO of Boscov's Department Stores took a calculated approach.

"Roberts started small, using Linux for non-critical applications like the file and print server. Later, it was loaded on servers handling communications and network management. When the time came to test a mission critical application on Linux, Roberts chose one of the most complicated--an invoice processing application that links to the mainframe, requires on-line functionality and needs to interface with PeopleSoft financials.

"'It took us two weeks to port it to the Linux server, and even then, we ran a parallel application for nearly four months so that we could address any hiccups. But since we went live with Linux this spring, we've not had a single failure,' says Roberts, who is in the process of moving the retailer's e-commerce applications to Linux..."

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