Case Studies and Press Coverage
Here you can learn what third parties have to say about the power of
the open-source model. Much of this material discusses Linux, but the
lessons are not specific to Linux; they apply to open source in general.
MITRE REPORT: "A Business Case Study of Open Source Software: Download the .pdf
Ganesh C. Prasad has written The Practical Manager's Guide to Linux.
In Microsoft Windows NT Server
4.0 versus UNIX, a Microsoft Certified Professional makes an
extremely powerful reliability, features, and
cost-of-ownership case for Unix over NT, focusing on Linux
and other open-source Unixes. The paper concludes with an interesting
list of Fortune 500 deployments.
You can also read The Halloween
Documents, an annotated version of an internal Microsoft white
paper on Linux and open source that attempts to define Microsoft's
competitive response. In the process it makes some rather astonishing
Mission Critical Experiences with Linux. John H. Terpstra
examines several cases of Linux adoption in mission-critical business
For a perspective that is both sharp and entertaining, see
The Last Dinosaur
and the Tarpits of Doom: How Linux Smashed Windows.
More white papers are available from
Case Studies and Trials
Windows NT Server with Linux: Quinn Coldiron of the University of
Nebraska Press explains what he learned when they replaced a Novell
Netware server with NT, why NT was impossible to live with, and how
Linux saved the day. Must-read for anyone planning a
departmental or enterprise network.
Jazznet: a case study of a
networked cluster of Linux PCs used as a poor man's supercomputer at
NIST. The study highlights the high performance,
high stability, and excellent
cost-effectiveness of the Linux solution relative to a more
traditional configuration. Must-read for anyone managing
scientific or engineering computing.
to TechWeb described a rather typical history of a Chief
Technology officer, badly burned by NT, who found a rescue with
Yahoo! and FreeBSD: a co-founder of Yahoo! explains why they gave
up on closed Internet platforms and made Yahoo! a success with FreeBSD.
We welcome references to other case studies and trials.
A major market analysis
Datapro find Linux has the highest satisfaction rating among IT
managers, and is the only OS other than NT growing in market share.
A Sunny Forecast for Open-Source: Weather.com's move to an all-open-source Web site infrastructure has enabled the company to lower costs while meeting increased capacity demands.
Freeware InfoWorld's roundup of its many stories on the Open
Linux: Not Just For Geeks And College Kids Anymore (Smart
Reseller, 11 Feb 1998): General introduction to Linux from a
1997 Best Technical Support Award: InfoWorld explains why open-source
users make a better technical-support resource than most vendors.
1997 Best Network Operating System: InfoWorld zeroes in on the power
of open source.
Freed Software Winning Support, Making Waves (Wired, 30
Bonk! A New Windows Security Hole (Wired, 9 Jan 1998):
Excellent explanation of the superior security of open-source OSs.
NT? "No Thanks,"
say pro-Linux rank-and-file The 35th Design Automation conference
in June 1998 reveals a strong groundswell of support for Unix among
Focus: The Borg takes on NASA multi-processing Explains how and
why a university in England opted to replace their Cray supercomputer
with a Linux-based system of networked PCs.
roundup of its open-source stories, including not just
current developments but the history and personalities behind them.
Railroad Boards the Linux Train
Explains how Canadian National Railway uses the reliability and
remote-administration features of Linux to framatically cut expensive
on-site maintainance on a distributed network of 100 servers.
Linux TCO edge: Lower labor costs
Explains why Linux systems have a lower total cost of ownership —
because, though Linux sysdamins are a little pricier per head,
they can administer more machines effectively.
2003 and Beyond An incisive look at industry trends and where Microsoft wants to take us all.