Linux demo triggers strong local interest

Auckland company Compucorp says it triggered strong business response by promoting a Linux software server at the recent Computerworld Expo. Compucorp says 12 businesses have set up appointments with the company, which is part of Compugear Technology, to discuss installation, and 150 entered a draw to receive a free Linux installation. Compucorp was the only stand demonstrating Linux usage. It linked a network of five PCs with four workstations.

Auckland company Compucorp says it triggered strong business response by promoting a Linux software server at the recent Computerworld Expo.

Compucorp says 12 businesses have set up appointmentswith the company, which is part of Compugear Technology, to discuss installation, and 150 entered a draw to receive a free Linux installation. Compucorp was the only stand demonstrating Linux usage. It linked a network of five PCs with four workstations.

Praise came from long-term Linux adherents pleased to see a local company show business the full power of Linux. Newcomers to the system expressed surprise at the efficiency and benefits. One such group, National Express, a national freight forwarding company, found the demonstration instrumental in its decision to switch to Linux. Director Roger Watts says his company uses Windows and IBM's 0S/2. "We're looking for a mainstream alternative while wanting to avoid [a high] cost of ownership — which is putting us off Mirco-soft." National Express will try Linux with what it's using and assess its reliability.

Compucorp corporate software manager Igor Portugal believes New Zealand businesses are accepting of open source software. "It's not that New Zealand is slow in adopting Linux but rather very quiet about it; in terms of implementing technical advances New Zealand is very open."

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