Ford Goes Linux
Ford Goes Linux
By: Linux News Desk
Sep. 23, 2003 12:00 AM
The Ford Motor Co, which already has a contract with SuSE Linux AG, is thinking - according to Ford's director of global IT infrastructure, George Surdu - of migrating from the various flavors of Unix it currently runs, purchased from the likes of Sun, IBM, and HP, and moving instead to Linux "in certain spaces."
Those spaces exclude the desktop, since there is a 3-year contract in place with Microsoft in respect of company-wide use of MS Office, but may well over the next 3 - 5 years extend beyond its present use in Ford, which is currently limited to Beowulf clusters for engineering apps and Linux-based file and print servers, according to Surdu.
One indicator of how serious Ford Motor Co is about this can be found very close to home. In a sister publication, Linux Business Week, the company is advertising for a SysAdmin to participate in developing its global Red Hat Advanced Server 2.1 Linux load.
The ad did not go unnoticed by the world's IT press.
As InfoWorld reported yesterday: "According to an ad in LinuxBusinessWeek...[the] position is advertised as a long-term contract that will run more than one year. According to the ad, responsibilities include developing and testing the Ford Linux load, packaging and distributing the load for global implementation and preparing complete installation documentation and test procedures."
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