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Aug 31, 2005, 19:45 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Moline Bearing manufactures and sells metal bearings from its factory in St. Charles, Ill., and its warehouses in Mississippi, Texas, Colorado, and California. Owner David Fauntleroy has discovered that when it comes to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that keeps his business running smoothly, the open source philosophy works better.

"Fauntleroy isn't just the owner; he is the sole IT person at Moline. The lone server in use runs Tiger, the latest release of Mac OS X. Until last year, Fauntleroy was using a proprietary database called 4D on top of OS X to keep track of inventory, shipping, customer accounts, and work flow. He started running into problems with stability and flexibility. 'I don't know what they did to it--I was having to back up every hour [because of frequent crashes]...'"

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