"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
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