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Sep 01, 1999, 14:27 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)

[ Thanks to Phillip Brown for this link. ]

"When you pick up a telephone in the states of Kansas and Missouri and your call goes through, you can thank Linux. That's because Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., of San Antonio, Texas, relies on 36 computers running Linux--the UNIX-like operating system--to keep a close eye on its telephone network in those two states."

"Since April of 1998, technicians at Southwestern Bell's Kansas City, Mo., network operations center have been using Linux to keep an around-the-clock watch on thousands of miles of telephone lines and fiber optic cables, as well as on more than 600 telephone routing switches."

"A reliable monitoring system is vital to keeping these telephone lines up and working. "It's about as mission-critical as a system can get," says Randy Kessell, a network maintenance manager in Southwestern Bell's Kansas City office..."

"The obstacles that have kept Linux out of corporate IT departments, such as the lack of around-the-clock technical support and backing from major computer vendors, are disappearing rapidly..."

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