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Open Source Desktops May Not Happen for Small Biz

Nov 12, 2010, 21:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"For all the talk of how open source software is kicking butt and taking names in the cloud space (see: Red Hat, Ubuntu, Novell) and in embedded space (see Android, MeeGo), there's one area where open source has consistently fallen woefully short: providing solutions for small businesses.

"This is a weird sort of failure, too, because on the surface it seems like open source software products--with their collective low price tag, solid support, and better security--would be a perfect fit for the needs of smaller businesses, which often need superlative computing capabilities but can only afford the least-expensive hardware and software due to budget constraints.

"Yet, to date, there have been few serious efforts to push open source software into the small business space."

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