Company: Wellsford Residential Property Trust

Linux Uses: Web Server (www.wellsford.com), SMTP, FTP, POP3

Linux Notes: Linux is more stable than our Novell servers and our Windows 3.X desktops. Surprising isn't it? =8-)

Contact: David Hahn - Systems Analyst

I started playing with Linux during the 1.1.59 kernel era, but really became involved during the 1.2.8 release from Slakware when I dumped Windows and forged ahead into real computing power. Soon after that I changed employment status from a Novell trainer to a consultant. Currently, I work for a residential REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) in Colorado. My responsibilities range from maintenance of our vertical market accounting software to development to administration to hardware care. When I first started with Wellsford they were routing e-mail from New York to Denver to Seattle on MS mail. My first assignment was to get the system to work as it was described. After tinkering for a few days I submititted a request to MS for support on mail. Well, two weeks and $250 later the answer was

"We don't know either."

At that point I decided that Linux was to play a larger role in the life of the company. A scant ISDN line and four hours later Linux accomplished what the other system couldn't. Since then we have converted our file transfers from direct connect (Denver -> New York) to FTP and have added a web server (http://www.wellsford.com).

I run a dual boot desktop with Win 95 (Access and VB development) and RedHat 4.0. Also, I have what I call my "bleeding edge" machine. It runs the very latest of everything, on occasion.

As to the benefit of Linux in the corporate environment:

Our Linux system allows us to manage a portfolio of Real Estate that ranges in the 100 millions, manage communications and provide up to date and attractive information to investors. With out Linux, we definitely wouldn't be where we are today.

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