Panel: Federal IT Managers Increasingly Considering Linux

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-01-10 Print this article Print

An increasing number of federal IT systems are being migrated from proprietary Unix systems to open-source Linux systems and desktops, experts conclude. (DesktopLinux)

An increasing number of federal IT systems are being migrated from proprietary Unix systems to open-source Linux systems and desktops in order to gain quicker upgrades, platform flexibility, increased security and several other advantages, a trio of IT experts concluded Monday during an online panel discussion. That was the consensus of top IT experts who recently gathered for an industry summit Webcast, "The Case for Linux in the Federal IT Sector," conducted by Larstan Business Reports Inc. Panel members were Paul Smith, Red Hat Inc. vice president of government sales operations; Mike Fitzmaurice, Linux business development manager at GTSI Corp.; and Scott Ruff, manager of Linux business development at Hewlett-Packard Co.
In a 2005 Larstan survey of 300 federal IT managers, 63 percent of the respondents said they either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: "Open-source architecture is valuable, and my organization should adopt it."
Click here to read about the aftermath of the OpenDocument conflict in Massachusetts. The primary reason the government is attracted to Linux systems and desktops, Fitzmaurice said, is that "the government can adopt these systems faster, and can deploy in much quicker time." "Open source in general is more reliable, offers better security, and is more compliant with service-oriented architecture," Fitzmaurice said. "Overall, the government is going to benefit in those areas. And in most cases, its going to be more cost-effective." Read the full story on DesktopLinux: Federal IT Managers Increasingly Considering Linux, Says Panel Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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