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Computerworld: Europe: Financial Services Companies Lead the Charge to Linux

Jul 18, 2005, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carol Silwa)

"Open-source zealots may continue to play a part in instigating the spread of Linux across the European continent, nearly 14 years after Linus Torvalds hatched the operating system in Finland. But private corporations and public-sector users in Europe typically cite pragmatic reasons for taking up the open-source operating system. They point to price and performance benefits. They want freedom to swap out hardware. They find the operating system reliable. They like its flexibility.

"'It was not that we just wanted to do open-source. We had to find a way to protect our investment in network computing,' says Matthias Strelow, a technical project manager at LVM Insurance in Munster, Germany..."

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