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Moving to Linux: slow-go or rip-and-replace?

Mar 19, 2009, 00:02 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Roland for this link. ]

"You're not alone in considering a move to GNU-Linux If you are thinking of ways to save money by moving to GNU-Linux and FOSS, you are not alone. On March 16, 2009, a prominent IT research company by the name of IDC released a study showing that 2009 will likely see a 10 percent jump in the use of GNU-Linux in both servers (the machines that run business infrastructure) as well as desktop computers, which are typically used by office workers. The study found that the use of GNU-Linux was also going to grow in mobile devices and ultra-light weight notebook computers called "netbooks." In fact, number 2 computer maker Dell has said that one-third of all its netbooks are already sold with the Ubuntu GNU-Linux operating system pre-installed.

"And with good reason. When you buy a computer with GNU-Linux pre-installed, you get a lot of really good software that is comparable to applications that would cost you hundreds and even thousands of dollars in the world of Microsoft Windows or Apple. Do you need Adobe Photoshop? You could lay out a couple hundred dollars for that program, or you could use the GIMP, a Photoshop-like program that comes free with almost every pre-installed version of GNU-Linux (and is available as a free download for Microsoft Windows)."

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