"While open-source technologies did not completely loosen the
iron grip of proprietary technologies in 2002, CTOs began to
seriously examine the potential of open source. Most of the
attention focused on Linux development and on several industry
organisations devoted to creating open standards around web
"'With upper management really focusing on driving costs down
and ROI, buying strategically into something like Linux [wasn't]
such a radical idea at the end of the year,' says John Pike, a LAN
administrator at Iams in Dayton, Ohio.
"Linux got off to a fast start early in the year at the annual
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York. Hewlett-Packard
chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina gave a keynote promising aggressive
support of Linux and other open-source technologies; IBM announced
Raptor, the first Linux-only mainframe; and Computer Associates
rolled out over 20 enterprise-class products supporting the
open-source operating system..."
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