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I do not believe that we should be willing to buy or use voting systems where the source code and design is not open for public review. I think there are companies that would be willing to work in this model, particularly if the contract provided some long-term commitments. This is not Britney Spears we're talking about here–the integrity of our voting system is a fundamental component of our government.

—Phil Windley, www.windley.com/2003/11/03.html#a893

eGovernment applications need to cost less, allow for rapid development, provide a user–friendly experience for constituents and offer enhanced security. Linux provides everything eGovernment initiatives need.

—Tom Adelstein, www.linuxjournal.com/article/7076

Interestingly, the most popular source of embedded Linux for future projects is “home grown (I build my own from GNU/Linux downloaded sources)”. That is, developers apparently prefer freely downloadable noncommercial sources–such as kernel.org, Debian or the uClinux project–over commercial embedded Linux distributions.

—Rick Lehrbaum, linuxdevices.com

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LJ Index—February 2004
  1. Minimum projected percentage TCO (total cost of ownership) savings for Sanchez Computer Associates' Linux-based core processing system for banks: 50

  2. Millions of people using Linux in the world: 18

  3. Top dollar price of Commercequest's software for helping companies meet the new Sarbanes-Oxley corporate compliance law: 500,000

  4. Percentage of IT budgets that go to internal staff: 70

  5. Annual percentage growth rate of Wi-Fi access-point shipments through 2008: 50

  6. Millions of Wi-Fi access points expected to be shipped annually in 2008: 1

  7. Projected percentage growth rate in Wi-Fi access-point shipments in 2005: 132

  8. Rank of Linux among embedded Wi-Fi access-point operating systems: 1

  9. Percentage of embedded Linux developers who preferred “home grown” as their “Linux source/vendor” during the past two years: 15

  10. Rank of “home grown” as the preferred “Linux source/vendor” for embedded developers during the past two years: 2

  11. Percentage of embedded Linux developers who preferred Red Hat as their “Linux source/vendor” during the past two years: 17

  12. Rank of Red Hat as the preferred “Linux source/vendor” for embedded developers during the past two years: 1

  13. Percentage of embedded Linux developers who prefer “home grown” as their “Linux source/vendor” during the next two years: 18

  14. Rank of “home grown” as the preferred “Linux source/vendor” for embedded developers during the next two years: 1

  15. Percentage of embedded Linux developers who prefer Red Hat as their “Linux source/vendor” during the next two years: 17

  16. Rank of Red Hat as the preferred “Linux source/vendor” for embedded developers during the next two years: 2

  17. Minimum percentage of future Linux embedded projects “attributable to essentially noncommercial sources”: 50

  18. Millions of Apache Web servers surveyed by Netcraft for November 2003: 30.30

  19. Percentage of all surveyed Web servers that run Apache: 67.41

  20. Percentage gain by Apache over the prior month: 2.80

  21. Percentage loss by Microsoft Web servers during the same period: 1.65

Sources

  • 1: Sanchez Computer Associates

  • 2: Wired

  • 3–6: Forbes

  • 7–17: ABI Research, Linux Devices

  • 18–21: Netcraft

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