December 16, 2003

CIO Jury: Linux ready for the big time

Linux is ready for business IT systems although there are still concerns about the cost, compatibility and security of migrating systems to the open
source software, according to the latest CIO Jury.

Following recent desktop Linux trials announced by the NHS and the government and recent IDC figures that showed the open source software continues to
eat into the Unix market on the server side, we asked our panel if Linux is ready for the enterprise.

Two-thirds of our 12-man CIO Jury said Linux is now a viable part of the IT strategy, with the remaining four still harbouring major concerns.

Consumer goods manufacturer Unilever is one firm that has firmly nailed its Linux credentials to the wall, having already committed to achieving £66m
in savings over three years by moving from Unix.



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