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Amazon Saves 25% by Switching to Linux

Posted on 05 November 2001 by Demian Turner

So your colleagues keep telling you, “Yeah, Linux and Open Source are great, but they’re only for hackers and small businesses – they’ll never make it to the mainstream.”

Well send them off to read this article in ZDNet that describes online retailer Amazon’s switch to a Linux-based technology platform and the $17 million it saved in the process.

Alternatively, read this article in LinuxWorld for a detailed 15 page breakdown and cost analysis between installing Linux vs. Windows in a 500 user student scenario and a 5000 user corporate scenario.

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