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Japan Government Payroll Computer System Will Use Linux, Not Windows
Microsoft outflanked by Fujitsu

(July 9, 2003) - Fujitsu announced today that it has won a $1.6 million contract to design the Japanese government’s payroll computer system using Linux rather than Windows as the OS. It won the contract together with IBM Japan and Oki Electric Industry.

By adopting Linux, government official Masanobu Arao said today, it is estimated that the Japanese government will halve the network's operating costs, particularly its maintenance costs, since until now the government has relied on expensive mainframe computers for its backbone system - whereas Linux is free.

The three companies suggested that the government start using Linux to manage salary and other personnel data for the nation's 800,000 central government employees from the time when it upgrades its computer data files for public servants in 2005.

It was the leading business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun that first reported the government had decided on Linux.

Oki shares immediately rose 0.25% today.

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