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Raleigh News & Observer: Opening Doors to a Linux World

Jul 30, 2003, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])

"Maria C. Winslow, 37, started her Raleigh business, Open Source Migrations (the Web site is www.windows-linux.com) last year when she saw that open-source software--Linux and related software applications--had matured to the point that it could offer a viable, money-saving option to cash-strapped organizations and businesses. Winslow, a programmer by training, works with a team of contractors who act as consultants to customers interested in making the switch to open source--which is cheap, even free--software...

"Q. What prompted you to start your business?

"A. Well, Linux on the server is mainstream now. For Internet infrastructure it's about one-third of the market. So it's nothing new; it's been around for 10 years. It's just that now, with budgets down, with people a little annoyed with some of the Microsoft licensing issues that they've seen, with a renewed focus on getting value from [information technology] rather than IT being a sinkhole--conditions just seemed right for people to get started in earnest figuring out where to put Linux and other things in the environment. A couple of things have happened in the past couple of years, and especially the past year, to make Linux more viable than it's ever been and to finally make it viable on the desktop. There's a clone of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that's very good. It runs on Linux, [Apple's] OS X and Windows..."

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