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Computerworld: As Business Looks to Linux Desktops, Some Critical Apps Lacking

Dec 05, 2002, 19:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"In the past 18 months, the vision of Linux on enterprise desktops has gained ground as full-featured office productivity software has become a reality and welcome improvements have been made to the Linux kernel and to installation and administration tasks.

"But while the operating system has evolved closer to seamlessly filling business desktop needs, some prospective Linux users here at the Enterprise Linux Forum Conference & Expo said nagging gaps remain that have halted their companies' move to Linux for many of their workers' computers.

"Shawen Donnellan, director of software development for reseller Amherst Corporate Computer Sales & Solutions in Merrimack, N.H., said about 10% of his company's client base of several thousand customers have asked about using Linux as an alternative on employee desktops, in part because of the increased costs of their existing Microsoft Windows software licenses. But those efforts have faltered in many cases due to the lack of full-featured calendaring and scheduling software for Linux, Donnellan said..."

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