U.S. Postal Service Uses Linux

An official policy of "All Windows NT" falls by the wayside when a requirement for real performance at an acceptable cost rears its head

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The U.S.Postal Service has declared a policy of "all Windows NT" on its networks, but when it came to sorting the mail, even to the "snail mail" service could see NT was way too slow. Since the job required near supercomputer performance at an affordable price, the Postal Service now has 900 Linux clusters throughout the country. They do OCR (Optical Character Recognition) scanning and sorting of all coded mail.

Red Hat now offers a commercial version of the clustering software under the title Extreme Linux.

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