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Booz Allen Leverages Red Hat Solutions

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| Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, has announced that Booz Allen 
| Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm, has deployed Red Hat 
| solutions to deliver increased scalability and flexibility for its clients' 
| mission-critical systems.    



Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."


The Power of Perception

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| A campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld may well succeed in changing this and
| convincing consumers to run Vista. But will it change the perceptions of IT
| professionals in large organizations? I wouldn't bet against it. We all like
| to think we are rational agents, but in reality we are all still susceptible
| to advertising — even Microsoft's.
| Let's take a look at the Linux market. Linux has many things going for it,
| yet it makes up just 13.4 percent of total server revenue. (Don't forget,
| many servers run Linux but don't generate revenue for vendors.)


Linux ready for real-time computing in financial services

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| Vinod Kutty, the distributed computing R&D head at the Chicago Mercantile 
| Exchange (CME), now the CME Group, and a conference speaker, believes that 
| Linux has become more mature as a platform and is ready for mission-critical, 
| financial services workloads.   
| "I'm starting to see Linux companies focusing on enterprise customer needs" 
| and beefing up their staff of talented Unix developers, Kutty said after the 
| conference. "These are signs that they are ready to play in the enterprise 
| market."   


Is Linux Ready To Hit Wall Street?

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| While a mass exodus to Linux based systems will not happen overnight, and may 
| be delayed somewhat in light of the recent economic climate, we can safely 
| assume that Linux will have a growing presence in the financial sector. 
| Increasing up take in this sector will see the name of Linux hit the 
| headlines worldwide and could possibly offer a useful way into other, more 
| traditional markets.     


Linux steps up to power NZ Stock Exchange

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| The New Zealand Stock Exchange is moving to a Linux platform for its 
| settlement and clearing system, replacing its existing HP NonStop platform 
| and applications in order to reduce cost and increase flexibility.  


HP Linux servers bolster NYSE trading app

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| "We favor Linux for what we do. We don't want to be beholden to any one 
| [hardware or software] supplier, even if it is very good. We want the freedom 
| to be vendor-independent, so Linux was a good choice," said Rubinow.  


Linux Crossing Threshold to Real Mission Critical Computing

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| ...Linux developers are steadily chipping away at the most
| significant functional gaps that limited its suitability for
| these workloads in the past, allowing it to progress far beyond the
| "edge of network" domain where it has traditionally thrived. The
| impressive wins by Novell and Red Hat prove that user perceptions
| about Linux's limitations are gradually crumbling as well.


Linux goes to Wall Street, puts on a show

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| "The Financial Services firms are leading the enterprise adoption of
| open source technology, including Linux," says Zachary. "By watching
| the consumption patterns of these firms, open source vendors can
| gain a good understanding of the types of products and services
| that are commercially viable.
| [...]
| "We see a growing role for open source software beyond Linux in
| financial services companies and that's why many companies are
| expanding the governance policies and procedures around using
| open source software."


Next Gen, Mission-Critical Apps To Be Deployed on Linux Says Report

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| By now it should be obvious to even the most casual industry observers
| that Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general -
| have reached critical marketplace mass. Recent Linux deals and
| announcements by Oracle and Microsoft have only reinforced the "open
| source is enterprise-grade" message that IBM, Unisys and other "Master
| Brand" hardware, software and services vendors have been preaching for
| years. In short, open source, especially Linux, is becoming "legitimized"
| by the major vendors for enterprise environments, and user executives
| are more than happy to believe them.


CIO study finds Linux ready for prime-time

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| The company predicts a steep rise: only 18 percent of businesses
| will be using Linux in business-critical roles by the end of 2007.
| "Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general
| - have reached critical marketplace mass," said the study's authors,
| Bruce Guptill and Bill McNee of Saugatuck Research. 


NEWS: Linux Developers Make A Living

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| Yes, I said paid professionals.
| [...]
| McPherson also notes that “it’s difficult for most people to get their minds 
| around competitive mass collaboration.” Indeed, this is what the freedom 
| afforded by Linux is all about. People (and companies) contribute not for 
| humanitarian reasons, but because they expect a benefit. Work together to 
| create the best platform, openly usable by everyone, and if it still doesn’t 
| meet your needs perfectly, you are free to change it accordingly. Everyone 
| wins. No compromises.      


Linux kernel developers have tripled in number

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| The Linux Foundation (LF) has published a study on Linux mainline kernel 
| development. According to LF, the number of Linux kernel developers has 
| tripled since 2005, with many more companies contributing to the process 
| (including, potentially, the latest new LF member, Adobe).   

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