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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-26 Print this article Print

The Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria has put a new IBM zSeries and Linux solution in place that allows it to access the Web while maintaining high security standards. And the West Yorkshire Police has an electronic video system, known as the Video Identity Parade Electronically Recorded, that helps fight crime by simplifying the identification of suspects by witnesses and victims. It is far quicker and costs less than traditional line-ups. The new electronic parade can be displayed on any standard laptop computer, while the creation, editing, storage and retrieval of the electronic snapshots from the video database is done at minimal cost by using Linux clusters, built from industry standard hardware.
Details on the software that these governmental agencies have replaced with Linux and IBM hardware were not immediately available. But these latest Linux moves come a year after the German government said it was moving to standardize on Linux and an open-source IT model at the federal, state and local levels. As part of this move, the government signed a non-exclusive contract with IBM that would facilitate moving its agencies to Linux and helping develop innovative IT solutions based on open standards. More than 500 agencies throughout the country have signed up for the service, Corsini said.
Todays moves also follow an agency-wide memo recently issued by the chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) outlining the departments policy on acquiring, using and developing open-source software, including Linux. The formal DOD approval follows a January report that identified 115 open-source applications and more than 250 open-source projects already in process at the department. In Beijing, a city government official this week also announced Beijings intent to increase its use of Linux for upcoming IT projects and follows the recent opening of Beijings new Linux Research Center, run in partnership with IBM, to help local companies improve Linux skills and develop applications that run on Linux. "This weeks announcements are more evidence that Linux and an open approach to computing is a powerful alternative to proprietary systems. Worldwide, thousands of customers—including government agencies in France, Spain, UK, Australia, Mexico, the United States and Japan—have now embraced Linux," Corsini concluded.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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