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Nat Friedman: Choose Vista + Ignore Linux Desktops = Face Shareholders' Wrath

Jun 14, 2007, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Peter Parker for this link. ]

'If you don't evaluate Linux desktops, you may be liable to your shareholders because you're spending an enormous amount of money to upgrade to Vista without a demonstrable ROI,' said open source developer turned Novell exec Nat Friedman during our recent conversation.

"'You'll spend $30 million to upgrade to Vista, and you'll have exactly the same functionality and same level of security challenges we had before. Instead, you could spend less money and not have to replace hardware by going with a Linux desktop, along with having fewer security challenges, built-in sandboxing for your applications, inclusion of an office suite... and all at a tenth of the licensing cost of Microsoft. Oh, and there's better manageability...'"

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