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ZDNet UK: CIOs Express Caution Over Linux

Oct 09, 2003, 18:00 (11 Talkback[s])
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"As the Linux Expo got underway in Olympia's exhibition centre on Tuesday, across town at the UK Tech Summit some of the UK's most prominent CIOs gave the idea of open source a decidedly cool reception.

"Speaking at a panel debate at the influential gathering of technology vendors and CIOs, they said that although Linux does figure in their organizations, they still do not feel it is ideal for mission-critical operations.

"Despite the reluctance of these CIOs to embrace open source, others are forging ahead. Speaking separately at a small gathering of CIOs in London last week, the IT director of a major bank expressed disillusionment at Microsoft's licensing practices, and said the software giant would not be used on desktops. 'We got an interesting email from Sun the other morning,' he said, referring to Sun's Java Desktop operating system, which is based on Linux. Another major bank is believed to be scrapping Windows on the desktops of its trading floors in preference for Linux..."

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