"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
"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..."