Small Business Computing: A Small Business Guide to Linux on the Desktop
Mar 29, 2004, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)
"The Open Source community is loudly proclaiming that the Linux
desktop is ready for prime time. As a result, many small businesses
are considering the move, hoping the switch will mean that with a
miniscule investment in software, they can run much of their
company on Linux.
"Here, then, are a few of the pros and cons of a possible move
to the Linux desktop.
"Free software sounds good, but it is not always the cheapest
way to go on Linux, particularly for small businesses. Most
business people, after all, have more productive ways to spend
their days and nights than struggling to learn the technical
details of an unfamiliar and sometimes technical operating system
as would-be users attempt to download it from one of the many free
Linux download sites. Perhaps the most apparently economical route,
though, isn't the cheapest. By spending a little money on software,
there are many vendors who offer easy-to-use Linux desktops along
with plenty of support..."