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When Rackspace Managed Hosting started in 1998 to lease Internet colocated servers to customers, they went with Linux almost everywhere in an effort to keep costs down. In fact, heavy use of Linux was standard in the low-margin managed hosting sector. According to IT manager Eric Evans, "people would be surprised by how much they would save if they went with Linux." Linux Servers and a Mix of DesktopsEvans supports a little under 200 servers for internal company use. Evans put all of the internal services that he could on Linux servers, including e-mail, file servers, print servers, DNS, and network monitoring. Only the financial application server and the sales force automation server remain on Windows, because the vendors don't have Linux versions yet. Linux comprises about 80% of internal servers. Of the approximately 9,000 customer servers, Evans estimates that 6... (more)

Why We Should Drop the 'Free' Moniker

It became apparent to me recently at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo that our choice of words matters. I was standing at the Mozilla booth when two guys came up and peered over my shoulder. "They're selling the T-shirts here, too," one said with disappointment in his voice, "Let's go." I couldn't believe it - access to the source code isn't enough. Getting award-winning software at no cost isn't even enough. They expected free T-shirts too! Anyone who has been involved in Linux for a while knows that there are two names for the software movement that has rallied around it: open... (more)

Promoting Open Source Solutions

The Open Source Software Institute is an advocacy group with a mission to promote Open Source software in government. We caught up with executive director John Weathersby to tell us more. LWM: There are several advocacy groups for Open Source - how is your mission different? John Weathersby: There are many really strong organizational groups at work in the Open Source Community. Each of which targets various segments and factions of the overall marketplace, such as standards, policy, licensing, education, desktop, lobbying, etc. Our mission at the Open Source Software Institute ... (more)

Linux.SYS-CON.com Q&A with Lead Developer of Joomla!, Andrew Eddie

In September, core developers of Mambo, the popular open source content management system, announced a fork of the project, called Joomla!, with virtually all active participants following the fork. I caught up with Andrew Eddie, lead developer of the new Joomla!, to find out more about the decision to fork the Mambo project, and to find out how things are going so far. LWM: I'll start with the hard question first: What led you to the decision to fork Mambo? Andrew Eddie: Forking is a very serious decision to make and one that I and the team did not take lightly. In the words of... (more)

Evaluating the ROI of Open Source on the Desktop

When people hear that open source software is often free and overall cheaper than proprietary solutions, they're intrigued. But how much cheaper is another question. What other costs are involved? This article examines the budgetary impact of migrating corporate desktops to open source solutions. This is one of many areas where open source can positively impact IT budgets. Classifying Desktops The first step in evaluating the license savings on the desktop is to determine which desktops in your organization are candidates for migrating to Linux, OpenOffice, or both. Step One: Inv... (more)