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ZDNet: Bargain Hunters Moving to Linux

Aug 06, 2003, 23:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

"There's a good reason that institutions are moving to Linux, users say: It's cheap.

"Software management and acquisition costs can be slashed by switching to open-source software, according to IBM executives and Linux customers who attended an IBM-sponsored event held Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. Obviously, a Linux convention is not the sort of place where one would expect companies to enumerate the virtues of, say, Windows, but they admit that they are seeing tangible benefits.

"Nyfix, a New York company that manages brokerage trades, expects that Linux will help it reduce software-associated operating costs by 80 percent in two years, said Jim Strasenburgh, vice president of systems at Nyfix. Until recently, the company relied primarily on Unix servers..."

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