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[opensuse] World-largest Linux Migration Project
  • From: "Andrei Verovski (aka MacGuru)" <andreil1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 21:21:40 +0300
  • Message-id: <200804012121.40889.andreil1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi !

According to the reliable sources, press releases and media coverage the
largest Linux migration (several millions of PCs and servers currently
running Windows XP/Vista and MS Servers) ever is about to start.

The first news come from national-wide Russian Post service (state-owned
company) which signed an agreement with Red Hat and IBM to switch MS-based
platform to Red Hat Linux and Open Referent.

For more detailed information, see links below (in Russian):

http://www.russianpost.ru/company/ru/home/press/news/item?newsid=3161
http://www.gazeta.ru/techzone/2008/03/12_a_2665554.shtml

However, this only the beginning. Industry sources suggest that majority or
state-owned companies and institutions are on the track of the same migration
path. Most notably this list includes:

Gazprom - world largest gas mining company (329 billions USD capitalization
value, 600,000 employees) - contract with Novell, IBM and Oracle will be
signed within 3 months
Rosneft - one of the world largest oil mining companies (79 billions USD
capitalization value) - contract with Novell, IBM and Oracle will be signed
within 3 - 6 months
Transneft - one of the world largest oil pipe companies (over 50,000 km of oil
pipes) - exact date unknown, but no later then 4Q of 2008 or 1Q of 2009
Sberbank - largest bank in Russian Federation (over 800 branches) - Red Hat,
Oracle and IBM are planning to outline all details within 6 months.(looks
like Sberbank will run Oracle databases on IBM System z10 servers and Red Hat
Linux)
OAK (Objedinennaja Aviastroitelneja Korpracija - translated from Russian as
United Aviation Manufacturing Corporation) - one of the world largest
aviation design and manufacturing companies - migration planned within 2
years, further information not available yet. They currently develop so
called FCP OS (Future Combat Platform) which is based on embedded Linux with
real-time patches and rich clustering capabilities..
Additionally, Linux kernel will run on new-generation MCST-R (formely Elbrus
E2k) processors, based on revolutionary VLIW implementation.
A very brief into to VLIW you can find here:
http://snow.prohosting.com/guru4mac/cpu_2_vliw.html

Need to say this is only a handful of companies (out of hundreds) which will
join Linux user club within very short time.

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