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Reducing IT Costs with Linux

Nov 26, 2008, 09:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"Thus far we have to examine a couple basic ways of cutting your IT costs: using Linux thin clients connected to both Windows and Linux servers. And stand-alone workstations using the existing Windows installation, yet relying heavily on open source software so that the company is able to keep licensing costs down to a dull roar. After all, the idea is to cut your department's overhead, not change the world of software in a day.

"And so everything described above, in a perfect world, can work without too much trouble. The biggest challenge to its success is facing your ability to implement these changes without getting into the idealistic disputes of closed source vs. open source. In short, get over the idea that one way of looking at software clearly must be better than the other - this is nonsense.

"Once you overcome the "one way is best" mindset, your company is then free to utilize what both the open and closed source worlds have to provide. This will be the winning formula of commonsense that enables the enterprise to harness the power of merging these software technologies together."

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