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[News] "Tough Economic Climate" Helps GNU/Linux; Economics Of Private Storage Clouds

  • Subject: [News] "Tough Economic Climate" Helps GNU/Linux; Economics Of Private Storage Clouds
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 01:47:25 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Linux Provides Steady IT Foundation for Banks in a Tough Economic Climate

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| Times are tough in the banking industry. According to the AP, 100,000 bank 
| employees have been laid off over the past two years. Overall, banking 
| industry unemployment has almost tripled and bank stocks have cratered. Even 
| with astronomical bailout money becoming available, banks are looking for 
| ways to consolidate.    
| [...]
| In this environment, Linux provides a distinct competitive advantage. Linux 
| has zero licensing fees, so pure cost is a key benefit. Linux support can be 
| found at almost any level; from free e-mail and bulletin boards to 24/7 
| mission critical support via enterprise subscriptions. Banks that are running 
| Linux have an operating system with support for the greatest number of chip 
| architectures, hardware platforms and forms of computing (blades to 
| mainframe).      


The Economics Of Private Storage Clouds

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| ParaScale is about to release new software that lets customers 
| create "storage clouds" using commodity Linux servers. The economics are such 
| that the cost of a petabyte of storage, once the domain of only the largest 
| organizations, is coming within reach of more companies.   
| Based in Cupertino, Calif., and founded in 2004, ParaScale’s cloud storage 
| software runs on Linux OS, the Linux XFS file system, and IP networking. The 
| platform is designed for unlimited scalability, though in its first iteration 
| it has been tested to 100 nodes. ParaScale describes its software as an 
| object file system that's "largely self-managing."     



Red Hat CEO: priorities and apologies part of managing

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| Today he's CEO of Red Hat, the open-source Linux software company, where he's
| flying high. The Raleigh company's software is cheaper than proprietary
| products from rivals such as Sun Microsystems, which helped it post a 22
| percent jump in revenue in the quarter that ended in November despite the
| recession.


Red Hat's new chief: A pragmatic believer?

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| Does the patent settlement you announced recently [with FireStar Software]
| that is consistent with the GPL mean that you are in a better position to be
| able to settle your patent dispute with Microsoft?
| [Jim Whitehurst:] The problem is that we don't know what the Microsoft
| [patent threat] is. They have said in the past that 235 patents [are
| infringed by Linux] and we have yet to see what any of them are.
| Conceptually, it should be possible but, again, we don't know what we are
| talking about there.
| When was the last time you spoke to Microsoft regarding patents?
| [Jim Whitehurst:] I am sure, as a company, we have an ongoing dialogue on a
| lot of things. I have had dialogue at a senior level, but it has been more on
| how we can work better on interoperability for customers; I haven't had any
| direct conversations around the patent issue.


Red Hat Fedora Claims It's the Leader in Linux

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| Red Hat's Fedora community Linux distribution has now tallied its user base,
| and it's a number that on the surface would make it the largest installed
| base of any Linux distribution, with at least 9.5 million users and possibly
| as many as 10.5 million.

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