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SiliconValley.com: Linux has come a long way [LinuxWorld overview]

Aug 30, 2001, 07:32 (12 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

"Bill Mount, who was attending LinuxWorld on behalf of Caterpillar, said the maker of engines and construction equipment started using Linux on a trial basis two years ago. Persuaded by the security and reliability of the operating system, Caterpillar now uses Linux to run computers that handle e-mail and Internet-related tasks.

Mount says the company is interested in expanding its use of Linux, primarily for economic reasons. While Linux is free, a license for Windows 2000 costs about $1,000. The savings quickly adds up for a huge multinational like Caterpillar, which uses thousands of computers, he said. `I'm amazed at how much Linux has stepped up in popularity and how much development has been done'' in the past 12 months, Mount said."

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