Open-source OS popular in theory, if not practice

A growing number of federal IT managers at civilian and defense agencies are receptive to open-source Linux operating systems over Unix, according to a new survey from Larstan Business Reports of Potomac, Md.

More than 60 percent of respondents said they either agreed or strongly agreed that architecture with open-source code is valuable and should be adopted.

And 60 percent of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that Unix and Microsoft environments are based on proprietary technology that can be expensive to deploy and maintain, and can limit overall flexibility.

Nevertheless, 75 percent of the respondents reported that their organizations had no plans to migrate from Unix to Linux, while 14 percent said they planned to migrate over the next year.

If contract options were in place to meet all open-source migration needs, it would represent a significant savings to organizations: 79 percent of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed with that idea.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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