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LinuxLookup: SOHO: Freedom in a Tux

Nov 21, 2002, 10:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gerald Youngblood)

[ Thanks to John D'Andrea for this link. ]

"Large corporations and foreign countries seem to be garnering most of the attention in articles regarding the value of moving from proprietary software to open source programs. One sector that has not received a great deal of attention is the SOHO, or small office/home office. This is probably justified because the group does not tote the multi-million dollar budget of the huge enterprises. However, with the increasing scope of what can be accomplished with broadband connectivity, a little business sense, and a love for adventure there may be hope for daredevils like myself to find liberation from big business. How? We reduce the financial risk by embracing Linux as a tool to do more for less from the comfort of our homes.

"On message boards Linux users often discuss freedom in terms of software licensing and intellectual property, while the community itself is becoming a viable foundation for another definition of the word. The ninth listing in my copy of the American Heritage dictionary states that freedom is 'a right or the power to engage in certain actions without control or interference' and this adequately explains the feeling of entrepreneurship. Many people would like to one-day move from being an employee to being their own boss. Linux is the platform I have chosen to use in making that dream a reality. Critical areas of concern were reliability, cost, and support..."

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