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Linux in the Mainstream !

Linux in the Mainstream !

Many have asked the question: "Why would I use Linux in my business or even my home?" The answers are as varied as there are programs available for use. To me, and I may be totally off base here, but if major players are switching over to, integrating with, and relying on, after many years of using other major operating systems, I have to ask myself why. The resources available to these corporations for determining what their needs are... their ability to be at the cutting edge... this has to tell you something! It does me. For the very reasons a little peon user like me has recognized the uses, so have major corporations, R&D's, scientific communities, universities of higher learning, the United States Navy, and so many more. This excites me. It should excite you, especially if you're spending thousands to millions of dollars just on licensing and "have-to" upgrades.

As consumers we must realize the same company that produces software that makes our life easier(?) by just point and click is also causing the cost of our products to soar. OH YES! Didn't think of that one, did you? Major companies don't just absorb the high cost of computing (all inclusive) or they would be out of business. They have to pass on their higher cost of operating to the consumer. That means all of us end up paying.

I would love to see more people write in about businesses they know that are using or plan on using Linux. I've included a small listing of such implementations below. So for those of you who can't wait to write in about this shortcoming or that one, why don't you spend your energy helping build a base of "Linux in the Business World" *S* This will benefit us all.

Red Hat Linux in the Business World
"Shell's Oil Exploration Team Leaves Nothing to Chance"
Jack Buur, Principal Research Physicist for STEP
Shell, Rijswijk, The Netherlands

"Today's oil companies employ teams of geophysicists who use computer-generated models and sophisticated seismic imaging techniques to help them to predict with far greater accuracy where and how big the next gusher will be. These applications use considerable processing power which is why Shell's Technology Exploration and Production (STEP) division uses Red Hat Linux."
www.redhat.successes.com/Story_750_SCMediumStoryPage.html
www.shell.com

AMERITRADE, Omaha NE
"With over 1.5 million customers executing over 110,000 trades per day, Ameritrade turns to Red Hats Stronghold 3 Secure Web Server for a scalable, reliable and secure Web Solution." Quoted from the Red Hat "Case and Studies" Web page at:
www.redhat.com/casestudies/

GOOGLE, Mountain View, CA
"Google runs the world's largest search engine, handling more than 100 million searches per day. And it's powered by one of the world's largest server farms, comprised of 8,000 Red Hat Linux servers." Quoted from the Red Hat "Case and Studies" Web page at:
www.redhat.com/casestudies/

Kenwood Americas Corporation, Long Beach, CA
"When Kenwood Americas overhauled its aging network and operating system, it found the stability and reliability of Red Hat Linux." Quoted from the Red Hat "Case and Studies" Web page at:
www.redhat.com/casestudies/

New Jersey State Police, West Trenton, NJ
"New Jersey State Police keep the wheels of law enforcement turning with Red Hat Linux and Oracle, using Red Hat Linux to power essential day-to-day functions and helps keep costs under control." Quoted from the Red Hat "Case and Studies" Web page at:
www.redhat.com/casestudies/

Incyte Geonomica, Palo Alto, CA
"Red Hat Linux helps Incyte Genomics run the world's largest commerical scientific Linux farm using over 3,000 CPUs. Incyte's mission is to facilitate the development of partnerships among industry and academia, and ultimately the healthcare community, generating unexpected breakthroughs in the discovery and utilization of genomics." Quoted from the Red Hat "Case and Studies" Web page at:
www.redhat.com/casestudies/

Mandrake Linux in the Business World
The entries below were taken from the Mandrake Web site BizCases at: www.mandrakebizcases.com

"We are using Mandrake Linux for Web development, file server (Samba) and internet access ( ADSL, firewall)"

"Surveys done by Kieser.net, a Web design company in the UK, revealed a 100% satisfaction rate among its customers using Mandrake Linux."

"We wanted a Linux platform that would work flawlessly on our multi-processor Dell PowerEdge Servers. Mandrake has given us 99.91% uptime."

"The founder of Noacchi got hooked on Mandrake Linux when he first tried it more than two years ago. He is using it now for his own newly set up business."

"Atomic Interactive, a leading developer of interactive applications and games for Web, 3G and iTV is using Mandrake Linux for every aspect of their Web site as well as for their desktop machines."

SuSE Linux in the Business World
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here you have it. There's more, but it's out of screenshot range. You can visit this and many more business partners at: www.suse.com/us/partner/premium_partners/index.html

Conclusion
IBM is pouring bilions of dollars into the development and deployment of Linux into the corporate manistream. Would 'Big Blue' do this on a whim? I don't think so. After their encounter with Bill Gates I think 'Big Blue' became wiser and smarter in their endevors. I once read about IBM backing Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux and Caldera. I knew right then and there Linux was becoming a major player in the operating system gambit. So if your wondering if Linux is right for your company don't take my word for it, surf the sites of the major Linux distributions and read the white papers and business partners that have joined the Linux revolution. You have a choice: you can either continue with the path of $$$$$$^? multidollar upgrades, patches, and security issues; or you can become one of the ever-growing innovators that are "progressing to Linux". Your call. Check out IBM's Linux page here: www-1.ibm.com/linux/

Be sure to check out this article running in the register about the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) compared to a Windows-based networking system. You can find this article at: www.theregister.co.uk/content/5/25148.html

Summary
Information abounds if you want to find it. Just spend an afternoon surfing the Web for the major players in Linux. E-mail them telling them what you want to do and how to go about it. This just may be the best afternoon you've spent nothing but time on in a long time.

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I compiled this article using the Konqeror Browser and KWord in KDE 2.2.1 using Red Hat Linux 7.2 networked through a Windows LAN. Windows is good for many things; why not use it to network my Linux Box? Until I can afford to buy a Controller Based Modem the next best thing, don't you agree? …

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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