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OSDir: Corporate Desktop Linux--The Hard Truth [Part III]

Feb 23, 2005, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by W. McDonald Buck)

"You are the CIO of a small to medium sized company. You want a big splashy cost-saving victory to impress your board. Consider your thought process as you evaluate whether a desktop switch to Linux can make you a hero without getting you toasted.

"Remember that you have already resolved to achieve savings by moving the servers to Linux where you can, and moving to open-source applications. You can start by migrating the browser, declaring truthfully that you've protected the organization from various security risks, though not saving any hard money. That done, you resolve to replace Office with OpenOffice on most of your Windows boxes at pretty low risk, actually saving real money.

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