Leveraging Linux has resulted in "big dollar savings" for Mahaffeys', Walls says. "We get UNIX-like functionality for our departmental server without having to spend $50,000 to $60,000 for it," he asserts. "We spent a fraction of that using Linux.
"Plus, with the exception of our SMP 108GB OPI server, we're using borderline-obsolete Intel and Alpha hardware, which has saved us money," Walls adds. "Our 18GB FTP server was built from some used parts and a few new ones for about $300. The OS and FTP software cost us a grand total of 80 cents for a blank CD—and, actually, that cost is divided across multiple machines." He calculates that Mahaffeys' has saved $6,000 in OS licenses alone.
Walls characterizes Linux as a rock-solid workhorse of an OS.
Linux on the 'Net
SGI offers Linux University, which comprises seminars in key U.S. cities to help developers, executives and end users understand the OS. Info on SGI's Linux University can be found at www.sgi.com.
Linux Online! at www.linux.org is a great spot for Linux information, featuring up-to-the-minute details on Linux and its impact for the OS environment.
LinuxWorld trade show is another hot spot for Linux info, at www.linuxworldexpo.com.