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Computerworld: LinuxWorld: Unilever Moving to Linux for Global Operations

Jan 24, 2003, 22:00 (11 Talkback[s])
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"After years of running a complex tangle of Unix operating systems in its global IT server operations, consumer products company The Unilever Group is committing its technological future to Linux.

"The company, which sells food products including Ragu spaghetti sauce, Hellman's mayonnaise and Bertolli olive oil as well as personal hygiene brands such as Dove soaps and skin creams, plans to adopt Linux for its IT systems in all 80 countries where it operates. The company made the announcement here at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo yesterday in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

"'We believe... that it will deliver all of our computing needs in the eight- to 10-year time frame,' said Colin Hope-Murray, chief technology officer at Unilever, which is based in London and Rotterdam, Netherlands. "We want to be able to cookie-cut our systems and deliver them around the world" without having to worry about operating system compatibility issues, he said. The company today runs systems with the HP-UX, AIX and Tru64 versions of Unix..."

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