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Desktop Linux: Ready for the mainstream

Mar 02, 2009, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Galen Gruman)

"My verdict: Desktop Linux is a great choice for many regular Joes with basic computer needs. And not just on netbooks.

"In fact, I found that it makes a lot of sense to standardize office workers on desktop Linux. I now understand why governments in Asia and Europe say they want to get off the Microsoft train and shift to Linux. I thought these were empty threats meant to get better licensing deals or to blunt some of Microsoft's monopolistic power, but as it turns out, desktop Linux is a worthwhile option for both public organizations and private companies. Those who standardize on Linux would save serious money on the new equipment needed for Vista or Windows 7, not to mention OS and Office upgrades as well. Your business could, too.

"Moreover, Linux-based shops would require significantly less training than they would to teach staff Vista or Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007."

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