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ComputerWorld: Linux Quietly Makes Its Way Into Federal Government

Sep 13, 1999, 20:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau)

"Linux is quietly slipping in the back door of the federal government, in the hands of people such as William Oliver, a forensic pathologist and systems administrator at the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology."

"Oliver is using the Linux operating system on workstations for imaging research, and now plans to replace some Windows NT workstations with Linux. The availability of office applications for Linux is making that switch possible."

"But Oliver also hopes that by shifting to a relatively homogenous environment -- Unix and the Unix-like Linux -- he will reduce systems administration costs."

"I don't have anything against Microsoft, actually," Oliver said. "To me it's almost entirely a matter of system admin overhead."

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