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NewsForge: Spring into Linux Training

Apr 17, 2003, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Schlesinger)

"On April 23, as the flowers appear on the earth and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land, Microsoft releases Windows 2003 Server. That marks a good time for Microsoft shops to begin some training--in Linux administration.

"Many Windows shops are still using Windows NT Server 4.0. Microsoft has already announced that this product is on its last legs; Microsoft will stop providing hot fixes at the end of 2003 for all but security issues, which it will continue to provide until the end of 2004. Given that deadline, these organizations must decide how to upgrade their server infrastructure. If they've bought into Microsoft's Software Assurance program, they've already paid for their server operating system upgrade, and will likely continue on to Windows 2003 Server. But many companies have rebelled against Microsoft's attempt to extract a steady stream upgrade dollars from its customers. These organizations can benefit from Linux--if they have the expertise to take advantage of it.

"One of the main barriers to corporate Linux adoption is simple unfamiliarity. A cure for that is employee training, which benefits not only the organization but the employees. Training is key to helping organizations keep competent employees; it helps workers stay satisfied with their skill levels and hence their jobs..."

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