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Apr 26, 2000, 15:31 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Linux's legendary stability earned it the badge of confidence with police in Utah's Washington county. Tired of Windows crashes and working on a tight budget that had little room for proprietary licensing fees, the St. George Police Department (SGPD) switched their 911 dispatch service to a Linux system."

"Officer Sherman Stebbins commented on the decision to switch from the Windows operating system (OS). "On the average, Windows ended up being rebooted about once every other day to once a day." In a profession where a few seconds' delay can spell disaster, this margin of error is unacceptable."

"With Linux, "there really has been no down time other than power supply and fan failures [after one year of uptime]," Stebbins said. "Other than that, the Linux OS has been going strong since November of 1998.""

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