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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Windows-to-Linux on the Desktop Has Its Drawbacks

Feb 27, 2003, 08:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Rendon)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Organizing a conference around moving from Windows to Linux on the desktop may be easier than actually making the switch, at least that was the sentiment expressed by many panelists and attendees at the Desktop Linux Summit 2003.

"The panelists and exhibitors gathered to promote the move to Lindows, a PC operating system similar to Windows but without the licensing fees and headaches that can be associated with the dominant Windows operating system.

"Cost savings was the primary reason that Mindbridge, a Norristown, Penn. software company made the jump to Linux on the desktop. Scott Testa chief operating officer with MindBridge, who presented at the conference, explained that he purchased Microtel computers for his company at the bargain price of $225 a piece. He was then in position where he had to spend $400 to $500 in licensing fees for each machine to install Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office..."

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