"While controversy surrounding Linux has left some companies
skittish, online travel agency Orbitz Inc. is more committed than
ever to the open-source operating system that powers the company's
search engine for low-priced airline tickets.
"Privately held Chicago-based Orbitz uses more than 750
Linux-on-Intel Compaq computers in its data center to download
fares, service search requests and run the company's booking
engine. In the fall, Orbitz migrated its web applications running
on Sun Microsystems' Enterprise 4500 servers to Compaq machines.
The migration meant moving the software from Solaris running on 168
Sparc processors to Linux running on 100 Intel chips.
"Dumping the leased Sun machines brought double the performance
at a tenth of the cost, said Leon Chism, chief Internet architect