February 10, 2003

German Finance Ministry Division Chooses Linux

A division of the German finance ministry has moved its back office operations to mainframe computers that run Linux, in the
latest victory for the upstart operating system in Europe, IBM said on Tuesday.

International Business Machines Corp. said that the finance ministry department, which is responsible for paying
public sector employees and for managing certain taxes, installed two large IBM mainframe computers that run both IBM's operating system and Linux.

Linux is open source software, meaning that its code can be freely modified. The computers replace 30 computer servers from Sun Microsystems Inc.
and Fujitsu Siemens that run versions of the popular Unix operating system that Linux is based upon, IBM
spokeswoman Sandra Dressel said.

Link: reuters.com

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