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Washington Technology: Open-source Software Comes of Age in the Gov't Market

Mar 07, 2005, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Gallagher)

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"At the 1999 LinuxWorld Expo in San Jose, Calif., Linus Torvalds joked about his goal for the operating system he started: 'Total world domination.'

"Six years later, Linux has won a spot in government workplaces around the globe.

"Because Linux can run on older, cheaper hardware, agencies can extend the hardware's lifecycle. Even with a support contract with Red Hat Inc. or Novell Inc., the acquisition cost of Linux is tiny in contrast to deploying a new version of Windows on existing hardware..."

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