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August 7, 2009

National Vision Chooses SUSE Linux

by @ 6:59 am. Filed under Linux migrations, SUSE News

SUSE Linux Migration

Another migration to SUSE Linux:

“Novell today announced that National Vision Inc., one of the largest optical retailers in the United States, plans to use SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Point of Service to improve the performance, stability and uptime of the network of 5,000 point-of-sale devices within its stores. With more than 500 retail locations in 44 states, including America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses and Vision Centers at select Wal-Mart stores, SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service will provide National Vision with an agile, reliable and cost-effective operating system.”

Read “National Vision Chooses SUSE Linux Enterprise…”

July 4, 2009

Linux Takes Over — Again

by @ 1:52 pm. Filed under Linux migrations

“I told you so” just doesn’t even come close. The London Stock Exchange was running Windows, crashed, and is now switching to Linux. Go figure.


“Anyone who was ever fool enough to believe that Microsoft software was good enough to be used for a mission-critical operation had their face slapped this September when the LSE (London Stock Exchange)’s Windows-based TradElect system brought the market to a standstill for almost an entire day. While the LSE denied that the collapse was TradElect’s fault, they also refused to explain what the problem really was. Sources at the LSE tell me to this day that the problem was with TradElect.”

“TradElect runs on HP ProLiant servers running, in turn, Windows Server 2003. The TradElect software itself is a custom blend of C# and .NET programs, which was created by Microsoft and Accenture, the global consulting firm. On the back-end, it relied on Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Its goal was to maintain sub-ten millisecond response times, real-time system speeds, for stock trades.”

Read “London Stock Exchange to abandon failed Windows platform”

September 12, 2008

Linux Growing Faster Than Ever

by @ 9:07 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations, Linux News

Linux is continuing to grow with much momentum. One of the reasons that this is the case is because non-technical users who don’t want to learn Linux can use it without having to learn it. In other words, Linux has become much more intuitive and user-friendly. Especially distributions like Ubuntu and OpenSUSE. Plus, it’s just better than everything else. *wink*


“47% of respondents said they would use or evaluate Linux in the coming year, with lower cost as the primary driver. But the largest percentage said they had no further plans to migrate from Unix to Linux, indicating that future Linux growth would be at the expense of other platforms. In response to a different question, 23% said that whenever possible they would migrate from Windows to Linux, and another 16% said that to avoid a Windows upgrade, they would migrate to Linux. Also expanding Linux use in the data center is a sharp projected upswing in use for its built-in virtualization. Although Red Hat and SUSE Xen-based virtualization tally only about 2.5% apiece of deployments currently, respondents’ projections for the technology climb steeply to 10% for Red Hat and 5% for SUSE over the next year.”

Take a look at “Is Linux growing at Windows’ or Unix’s expense?.”

June 17, 2008

OpenSUSE Linux 11.0: Your XP End of Life Solution

by @ 11:31 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations, War

When I did the Novell Request an App Survey (follow-ups: article 1, article 2, article 3), a few things were brought into focus. Using the idea of supply and demand, you can assume that software development targets platforms based off the demand principle. If there’s a demand, the supply will rise to fill it. If there’s no demand, the supply will dwindle. Basic economics.

Take, then, this thought: Vista’s big problem: 92 percent of developers ignoring it. Well, when Microsoft admits Vista (is a) failure, you know it has to be bad. The kicker? More developers are writing software for Linux than for Vista.

What does M$ do? They use their tried-and-true iron-fisted dictatorship tactics and force the issue. How are they doing it this time? Killing off their most popular operating system to date to force people to upgrade to Vista. OMG, STFU, WTFH? Hold the phone. You are going to annihilate your most popular product to try and force people to buy your most unpopular product? OK, I haven’t been to the latest MS board meetings, but someone needs a conference call with their marketing department.

How about this, then…. Find a way to transition (where possible and appropriate) to Linux. Pick any of the most mature distributions with the tools that you need. For email-checking and web-surfing home XP users, this will be fairly painless. For businesses, the non-specialized end-user desktops should be easy to switch over. Especially with the release of OpenSUSE 11.0 imminent. Download it. Take a look. Try things out. Give it a few weeks. Then, when XP is officially dead, switch completely over.

Sure, many cases will be a little more complex than that. But if I gave my business to a corporation that snubbed me as hard as M$ does to their customers, you’d hear me breaking the sound barrier getting out of there:

Me Breaking the Sound Barrier getting away from MS

June 4, 2008

Major Linux Migrations: An Unbelievable List of Nearly 100 From Around the Globe

by @ 6:58 am. Filed under Linux migrations

Thoroughly thrilled at the thought of Munich’s progress switching to Linux, I have actually been tracking and logging such migrations for a long time. As a matter of fact, on my OpenSUSE Linux blog, I offer a course wherein I explore all of the migrations of which I am aware. I wanted to share that list with ya’ll.

The explosive growth of the Linux operating system has literally taken the world by storm and by surprise. With the many migrations to Linux, my interest was piqued. I wanted to delve into the details of who was actually switching. Is all of the excitement just from the novelty of a few groups switching over? Or is all the excitement coming from migration after migration of many different organizations? Are that many people really making the switch?

So I hit the trail, hoping to create some kind of order out of the chaos. For several months, I searched out relevant articles outlining migrations to Linux. When it was finally finished, I compiled it all here.

After some extensive research, I uncovered some fascinating trends in Linux migration. Check out this impressive list of companies, organizations, and other entities who have switched over to Linux:

U.S. Military Forces

Governments Worldwide Using Linux

Financial Institutions Using Linux

Companies and Corporations

Educational Institutions

Other Migrations to Linux


Summarily, a great many are switching to Linux. Remember that the list of migrations provided above is not comprehensive. As a matter of fact, it would be quite impossible to include them all. Even with this limited amount of research, it is obvious that there are some major players making the move. And it’s not just a couple of small-time organizations, unless you consider the U.S. Military small-time.

Evidently, several banks have switched to Linux, also. Why would they make the switch to Linux? They must trust in its security. A bank has a great deal to lose if its security is breached.

Could it be that Linux is a great option? Evidence makes it sure appear to be, doesn’t it?

Linux has a great deal to offer. It is a robust operating system used by major military and governmental organizations throughout the world. At the same time, it is easy enough that my grandmother could use it. And it is free. And it is rock-solid secure. Incredible, to say the least.

Thinking about migrating? No time like the present.

May 15, 2008

Verizon picks Linux—but not Android—for mobile platform

by @ 11:56 am. Filed under Linux migrations

This is pretty cool… Verizon, my cell carrier, has chosen to use Linux on their cell phones. Here’s an excerpt from the article I saw:

“Mobile carrier Verizon Wireless has joined the Linux Mobile (LiMo) Foundation and has announced plans to adopt the open source software platform. Linux-based phones will be available from Verizon next year, alongside other devices that run competing proprietary operating systems.”

“The LiMo Foundation is an industry group that was founded by leading handset makers. Their goal is to collaboratively develop a comprehensive Linux-based mobile software stack that can be modified easily and used at no cost on a wide range of hardware devices. Key members include Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung, and LG.”

“The LiMo platform includes a wide range of infrastructure components and high-level application reference implementations and is designed so that individual parts can be easily modified or replaced. The application user interface framework is built on top of GTK+, the widget toolkit used by the GNOME desktop environment. In addition to supporting native application development, LiMo will also offer a Java SDK and support for building widget-like applications in HTML and JavaScript on top of the WebKit HTML renderer. The first LiMo-based handsets will reach the market later this year. ”

Read the rest of Verizon’s Linux adoption story

February 5, 2008

Linux Used by All Branches of U.S. Military

by @ 6:57 am. Filed under Linux migrations, Linux News

Army Tux

I thought it was cool to see another Linux adoption story, this time by the U.S. Army. One of the best quotes from this article:

“Red Hat 5 will link Linux with Microsoft and allow FCS forces to link with other brigade combat teams,” the Army official said. “This will be an interim solution because over the long haul, eventually all of the Army’s networks will be Linux-based.”

They plan eventually to have the whole thing running Linux.

Actually, Linux is being employed currently by all of the branches of the U.S. Military.

U.S. Army

Wind River wins Boeing deal with Army
Linux headed into Boeing antisub aircraft
Linux helps RTOS vendor win major defense contract
Linux in Camouflage
LynuxWorks: A case study in combat-ready Linux

U.S. Navy

Linux in Government: OSS in the US Navy?
Powerful Linux OS-based SGI system to serve as U.S. military computing prototype

U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps

Linux getting widespread support from government
The Penguin Continues Its March

U.S. Air Force and Army – Linux clusters gear up for simulated combat

U.S. Department of Defense – IBM To Build Supercomputer for US Military

Pentagon & Department of Defense – OF ARMS AND LINUX

Army National Guard – Army National Guard Using Linux

Autonomous Military Ground Vehicle

Linux powers autonomous military ground vehicle
Commercial Linux to power military drone

U.S. Military – US Military Testing IBM Speech Translation Technology

January 24, 2008

CRM company dumps M$, recommends fishing waders

by @ 5:01 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations, Linux News

I love the headline given by Tina Gasperson to a recent article of hers: “CRM company dumps Microsoft, remakes itself with LAMP.” That’s great. I might have said something like, “Etelos buries its foot further into Microsoft’s back end than expected, recommends chin-high fishing waders for other companies looking to do the same.”

Rather than trying to find a catchy quote from this article to pique your curiosity, I will just share a few of my favorite quotes, because frankly, it’s too hard to pick one best quote.

Danny Kolke, CTO and founder of Etelos said, “We quickly decided that because we wanted to distribute our product as a Web application, the Microsoft model was very expensive. To try and scale that infrastructure, with a per-CPU cost, and with the ASP pricing model, it would cost multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars. And we didn’t see that much value in [Microsoft’s] core stack.”

Multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars. It isn’t a Dodge Hennessey Viper Venom, people. It’s an operating system that runs on a computer. It’s development software. It doesn’t cure cancer (might cause it, you never know). And it doesn’t fill those duties all that well, anyway.

“What Kolke and his team found was that with the low cost of a LAMP stack composed of CentOS, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, they were able to produce a range of hosted CRM solutions that wasn’t possible on a Microsoft infrastructure. ‘Originally, we were intrigued by the pricing and distribution model [of open source] and then by the economics of developers in the community working on the code.’ The collaborative and cooperative nature of the open source community struck a pleasant chord with Kolke. ‘We were early users of the SOAP toolkit, and we had run into several walls with Microsoft where we had problems with it but couldn’t get clear answers on when they were going to resolve the issues. We got the “we know about it and we’ll get to it” answer. With the open source community, we found a lot more support, and with having access to the code base we could contribute fixes. So the support was a lot more appealing for us, along with the rapid development cycle.'” [emphasis added]

I love that he says that it wasn’t even possible on a M$ infrastructure. Why? Apparently, the software was buggy and they couldn’t get M$ to give them the time of day.

People are starting to realize that there are open source options available that are much more appealing. Why? The cost is much lower, you are not locked in to one organization’s way, and you are free to add functionality as you see fit. Where can your company use Linux?

Read “CRM company dumps Microsoft, remakes itself with LAMP”

Another Success Story : Federal Employment Office switches to Linux

by @ 8:55 am. Filed under Linux migrations, Linux News

More and more Linux migration stories are popping up each day. More governmental agencies throughout the world are picking up on the enabling and empowering experience of using Linux on their computers. This time, a German governmental agency, the Federal Employment Office, has made the switch to OpenSUSE 10.1. Their explanation as to why the switch is consistent with the many who have gone that way before:

“The BA explained that the migration was necessary because, ‘The previous combination of Windows NT and Internet Explorer could no longer keep pace with technological developments in how current media content is displayed and was not up to the demands of modern hardware.’ In making the switch, the decision for Linux was based on cost and security considerations. On the one hand, implementing Linux carried no licencing costs, on the other hand migrating the clients enabled standardised automation and maintenance procedures, since the BA servers also run Linux. Another plus are the flexible configuration possibilities with Linux.”

Read the entire article.

January 16, 2008

30,000 desktops and 1,880 servers migrated to SUSE Linux

by @ 4:47 pm. Filed under General Linux, General SUSE, Linux migrations, Linux News, SUSE News

30,000 desktops and 18,880 servers is quite a huge amount of machines to migrate. But that’s just what Elcot (Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu) has done over the past couple of years. It all started with one little laptop and SUSE Linux. But as people saw just how easy it is to use, how well it works, and how economical it is, they just had to have it, too.

It’s all part of the Linux movement gaining increasing momentum, about which I wrote a couple of days ago. This particular migration took place in India.

Here is a quick excerpt from the story:

“That day, Elcot’s managing director, C. Umashankar, walked into his office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and was handed a brand new laptop. He recalls promptly giving it back to his PA. ‘I asked him to load Suse Linux on it. I guess he was surprised. But when the installation — complete with drivers and wireless networking — only took 45 minutes and very little external effort, there was a new confidence in my PA.’ That confidence spread quickly. And with it came more penguins. Within weeks, the Rs 750-crore(Can$192 million)Elcot was undergoing a enterprise-wide migration to Suse Linux. A year later, Umashankar and his team had moved 30,000 computers and 1,880 severs belonging to some of the state’s schools to Linux — creating possibly the largest Linux rollout in India.”

Read more about one of the largest Linux migrations in India history.

January 15, 2008

Moving to Linux : Why the increased demand?

by @ 4:47 pm. Filed under Dell, General Linux, Linux migrations, Linux News, My Opinion

Linux is gaining. It’s almost impossible to miss, even for non-techies. Not only that, those non-techies are demanding it. Linux interest is spreading, perhaps driven by the dissatisfaction with the latest OS from Redmond. For example, I read recently:

“Demand for Linux systems is such that some retailers are selling out. Last year, for instance, Wal-Mart for a time couldn’t fulfill orders for Everex’s $199 gPC.” source

There have also been a steady increase in the number of news stories about Linux migrations. It gave me great pleasure to write a bit about Western & Southern Financial Group’s Linux Migration last week. Now, we see that there is another migration. This time, Opus Healthcare, a healthcare application vendor has switched over to Linux.

Then there is the whole concept of “supply and demand.” If people don’t want it, no one will sell it. Quite the opposite is happening in the case of Linux-based hardware. Several different hardware vendors such as Dell and Everex are offering Linux on their systems. I found a handful of places that you can get the Asus Eee with Linux preloaded. I can’t believe the number of vendors now that are selling systems with Linux on them. We’ve also heard recently that Lenovo will be offering SUSE-based ThinkPads.

Why is this happening? Well, for one thing, it seems that people are getting weary of M$ products. They’re tired of the viruses, the worms, the trojans, and all the other malware that they have to spend an additional $100 of software to keep out of their systems. On top of that, Vista has gotten bad reviews. All of this seems to indicate Microsoft has seen its peak of glory. They are not going to disappear (soon), but it seems that they aren’t going to regain the monopoly that they once had. Here’s something else I read on the matter:

“What’s behind the growing interest in open source computing, long the preserve of self-styled computer geeks? Linux’s increasing popularity among mainstream PC users may in part reflect a backlash against Microsoft. The company’s new Windows Vista OS has failed to capture users’ hearts and minds, let alone their wallets.”

“In 2007, only about 39% of new computers shipped with Vista on board, compared with the 67% of the new computer market captured by Windows XP in its first full year of availability in 2002, based on data from Microsoft and Gartner.”

“In spurning Vista, some PC buyers have cited concerns about its cost, resource requirements, and incompatibility with their existing applications. Indeed, the Home Premium version of Vista, not including a computer, costs more than Everex’s gPC. It also requires 15 Gbytes of disk space and a hefty processor.” source

15 Gigabytes? I had better be getting a personal spacecraft for that size. We went to the moon with the equivalent of a calculator. Now we need 15 Gigabytes to write documents in Word (*) and send email in Outlook(*)? No thanks.

Additionally, it seems that people are discovering that other viable options exist. Many like to play with things. They like to combine technologies and have the best of all worlds. All the coverage of Google’s Android and the iPhone are indicators of this. They have specific hardware needs, or they want to have some freedom. They want something that provides freedom to allow them to do what they want to or need to do. Linux provides this, and people are noticing.

These days, even the Micro$ofties are running Linux. You have got to love that.

On top of this, there is a younger generation coming up that is more tech-savvy. They also more freedom and options. They want to explore possibilities. Linux offers the ability to do this. Especially as it develops and becomes better.

Additionally, you cannot ignore the obvious draw of the cost. It’s free. You can pay for it to support those who develop it. But you can’t beat free.

Also, It has a history of being a solid server. Many enterprises, especially those that are just starting out, are already using it. What we hear about a lot are the migrations from Windows to Linux. What we don’t hear about are the countless thousands of entities who have always been using Linux.

With its continued growth, maturity, and capabilities, there has never been a better time than now to make the plunge and give Linux a try. For added interest, take a look at the “Intro to Linux” course. It gives you a bunch of reasons why people love Linux. It also provides about 150 examples of major Linux migrations by all kinds of organizations. The course is available from in the right nav.

Anyway, there seems to be more and more great, positive energy building up around Linux and hardware that runs it. If you’ve ever been curious to try it out or it’s been awhile, there’s no time like the present.

(*) – not included

January 10, 2008

$306.1 M financial group bets it all on Linux security

by @ 9:55 pm. Filed under General Linux, kernel, Linux migrations, M$ Exposed, War

The evidence is undeniable : Linux is more secure than its proprietary alternative. This should be clear enough with even the briefest review of system security news revolving around M$ and its OS in the past week. 396 stories found. For Linux? 26.

“But if you consider the install base of each one, that will account for the difference in the number of stories and the number of vulnerabilities and exploits.” That’s one I hear from a lot of Micro$ofties. What’s funny is that this isn’t even true, and it’s very easily disproven. Very easily.

It’s as simple as comparing the number of flaws that exist per thousand lines of code in each of the kernels. Coverity did a study (albeit just over 3 years ago) of the number of vulnerabilities found in the Linux kernel per thousand lines of code. That number came out to be about 0.17 flaws per 1,000 lines of code, down considerably from about 8 times that only four years previous. Imagine how much it has improved since the study was done.

On the other hand, a study of proprietary software revealed that the average number of flaws per thousand lines of code is roughly between 10 and 20. This is not a good number for the M$ camp. 0.17 for Linux versus between 10 and 20 for proprietary software on average. Since M$ won’t let anyone see their source code, it is not possible to make a definite determination. But if they were certain it was even in the same ballpark as the Linux figure, you’d bet that they would be making a huge deal about the fact. I have heard nothing from them concerning the matter. Draw your own conclusions.

A very large number of entities are noticing this same thing. Not only is Linux much cheaper to run and maintain, it is also apparently around 100 times more secure (if you take a number between 10 and 20, like say 17, and you divide it by 0.17, you get 100) than what you might have on your desktop at this very moment. There are a lot of companies who are seeing this.

You know it must be fairly accurate if even financial institutions are switching over. Today, I saw an article illustrating this point. Entitled, “Financial group trusts Linux platform to protect customers’ assets,” the company’s experience thus far has had a familiar ring. Here are a couple of excerpts:

“Western & Southern reports an 80% decrease in batch cycle times on the new database servers running Linux, as well as a 60% reduction in the number of servers needed, which further reduced both hardware and software license costs.”

“Jackson’s experience with Linux has been so good that the company is now looking at other areas in which it could use the open source operating system.”

Now… This is not one isolated instance. I have personally documented over 150 cases of major Linux migrations. Entities described in this research include all of the branches of the U.S. Military, various national governments around the world, other world-wide financial institutions, large international companies and corporations, and educational institutions.

If you would like to have this research, I have made it available as part of my “Intro to Linux” course, available from the right nav on my OpenSUSE Linux blog. It’s free and makes for an interesting read, and you can send it out to whomever you may wish to share it with. That particular part of the course is in class number 4.

In any case, for situations where you need rock-solid security, Linux is truly a viable solution.

June 14, 2007

Mi Paiz Venezuela y Linux

by @ 10:56 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations

Venezuela Embraces Linux

Alrighty, then. Here’s one that’s cool to me for several reasons. I lived in Venezuela for two years as a missionary for my church. I really learned to love and appreciate the Venezuelan people. It is great to see that they are embracing Open Source Software. Linux is really sweet, and so it is all just really cool to see cool people using cool software. Cool.


“The Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez announced the launch of their ‘Bolivarian Computers’ last week, consisting of four different models produced in Venezuela with Chinese technology. The new computers will run the open-source Linux operating system and will first be used inside the government ‘missions’ and state companies and institutions but eventually are expected to be sold across Venezuela and Latin America.”

“Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez presented the new machines to the public last week at an event in the state of Falcon as he donated them to a school there. The new computers are produced by the joint venture VIT (Venezuela de Industria Tecnologica), which is owned by the Chinese company Lang Chao and the Venezuelan Ministry of Light Industry and Commerce.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Specsavers opens eyes to open source

by @ 4:06 pm. Filed under Linux migrations

Another great migration story comes to us this time from Specsavers, a chain of opticians. They are migrating a third of their systems to Linux.


“Specsavers, the retail chain of opticians, is putting the finishing touches to an IT refit of its UK operation that has seen it move a third of its applications to open source software.”

“The group is making the same transition across all eight countries in which it operates in order to save money and hassle. Key to the move is the adoption of open standards so it can avoid being trapped into using any single vendor’s software.”

“Michel Khan, IT director for the Specsavers Group, said it had already saved a ‘mid-quartile’ six figure sum from licence fees alone and another ‘lower quartile’ six figure sum from the operational benefits of wresting control back from proprietary vendors.”

Read the whole story here.

June 8, 2007

Kamloops school district gets an education in free software

by @ 5:10 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations, Linux News

I love it when I see schools get involved with Linux…

“The Kamloops/Thompson School District in British Columbia, Canada, is a free software success story. Gregg Ferrie, manager of information technology for the district, believes its infrastructure may be “the largest Linux on-the-desktop implementation in Western Canada” in public education. According to Ferrie, hardly a week goes by without another of British Columbia’s more than 60 school districts consulting Kamloops. Currently, five other districts are considering or planning to implement the Kamloops district’s custom-built thin client solution, and the department of education at the University of British Columbia is also investigating the possibility.”

“Kamloops’ success did not come overnight. It represents a culmination of almost a decade of effort that includes resistance from both instructors and unionized technical staff. Ferrie’s account of how he and his small team of system analysts managed to introduce free software to the district provides a case study of the challenges that others might face in making similar efforts.”

Read the entire story here.

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