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Computerworld Australia: Country Energy Bets Business on Open Source

Feb 10, 2004, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rodney Gedda)

"When David Peters faced the prospect of dwindling platform and application support for Country Energy's proprietary Unix systems he took a step towards migrating the company's core business systems to open source software.

"Peters, Country Energy's information systems manager, wanted to leverage the large amount of inhouse Unix skills within the IT department by choosing Linux as the operating system platform for front end applications.

"'Country Energy was formed as a result of the merger of three energy companies--Great Southern Energy, Advanced Energy, and North Power,' Peters said. 'This resulted in us inheriting three times the typical amount of legacy systems including Tru64 Unix and IRIX which powered central business processes. Since we have Unix skills using Linux does not demand any retraining. We also use the open source GNU [www.gnu.org] tools for system management on both Linux and Unix...'"

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