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DesktopLinux.com: NeTraverse: Moving Windows Users to Desktop Linux

Feb 18, 2003, 19:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jill Ratkevic)

"DesktopLinux.com: From your viewpoint, how can IT managers best begin to migrate to products based on open source Linux? What specifically should be considered in a switch to Linux?

"Jim Curtin: There are several categories of applications that can be migrated easier than others. There are back end systems on mainframes and big UNIX servers. These can be anything from heavy computational applications and databases all the way to multiple instances of web servers. There have been a number of people following this path. There are also other services like web servers, mail servers, firewalls, gateways, etc.. that are low risk migrations. As organizations gain confidence and as the open source community matures, more and more organizations will take the migration all the way to the desktop. A future with end-to-end Linux is not that far away and that is why Bill Gates finds it worthy of mention in SEC filings and briefings to leading customers and partners. On the mainframe and on the mid-low end UNIX servers, Linux has moved from the marines and heavy artillery phase to the army occupation phase--the battle is over. Linux is the successor to UNIX for all but the most mission-critical custom applications--and those are just a matter of time. On the desktop, however, it is still a promise on the horizon, a battle looming.

"Linux desktop offerings are much better today than a few years ago. Much has been done to improve ease-of-use and application availability, but there is still enough room for improvement that a decision between a pure open source Linux desktop offering and a Microsoft offering on the desktop is not an even decision..."

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