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CIN: Linux Cost Savings Add Up

Oct 06, 2003, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Allen Bernard)

"When Jeff Whitmore, IT manager at Ernie Ball Guitar Strings, got the order to change over the company's systems from Windows to Linux, he was ecstatic. Not only would Linux be easier to run, he was about save $80,000 just on new license fees.

"'Going to the Linux was just a natural,' he said. 'I mean that happened so easily and you're not paying for your Citrix license or anything else, or a Windows license.'

"Of course, Whitmore's CEO, Sterling Ball, made the decision because of a lawsuit brought against the company by the Business Software Alliance in 2000, and not in response to Linux's potential to save the company thousands. Still, the savings have begun to mount..."

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