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IT director Bryan Tidd moves a city to Linux

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If the big names in Linux and open source are the shakers, then the movers are the unknown people in the trenches -- the IT shops. It's IT managers who convinced their companies to use Linux, made it work and now put open source software in the corporate IT fast lane.

IT director Bryan Tidd, for instance, started the city of Canton, Ga., on the road to Linux and open source software (OSS) as soon as he got that job in 2000. A devotee of Linux since trying Red Hat Linux 5.0, Tidd plans to move as much of the city's IT systems to Linux and open source as he can.

IT managers like Tidd have played the Linux/OSS card well, knowing when not to shove a round peg in a square hole. This restraint has kept enterprise Linux and OSS on the plus side in successes.

In this interview, the first of our profiles of open source movers, Tidd describes a day in his work life, his early computer experiences, and his Linux and open source successes.

Full Interview.

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