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German bank switches to Linux

Deutscher Investment Trust has chosen to run Intel-based servers with SuSE's version of Linux on its computers that analyze funds and portfolios, SuSE said Thursday. The German bank's programs previously ran on a Hewlett-Packard Unix server, but the company switched to Intel and Linux because it was less expensive than moving from the existing HP-UX 10 Unix version to 11i, the bank said.

"A migration to...HP-UX 11 would have been painless but expensive," said DIT Project Manager Frank Hollenbach, who also evaluated machines from Sun Microsystems. The Linux system costs about 60 percent or 70 percent less than the alternatives, he added.