The U.S. Postal Service has upgraded its 15-year-old, mainframe-based Product Tracking System to open source, reports Fierce Government IT.
According to FederalComputerWeek, John Byrne, manager of application development and head of USPS' Integrated Business Solutions Centers, says the upgrade is part of a larger plan to standardize on the open-source system. Not to mention, the Linux operating system is less expensive.
"We wanted to take advantage of Linux and open source. We want to grow the scanned events without having to pay more software costs. So we started down the path to Linux."
The USPS used Micro Focus' Compiler for Linux to convert the COBOL source code into an executable that will run on Linux. Migration work began last summer, and was completed at the beginning of the year.