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Non-Profits Lead The Way With Linux

Dec 13, 2010, 16:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"On a regular basis we see studies claiming that the way forward in effective IT is with open source concepts. This means open source software, Linux desktops, Linux servers, Linux embedded devices, and the list just keeps on expanding.

"At the same time, the forces behind big label proprietary software applications rail back against open source by saying the open source approach to enterprise needs will end up costing more money in the long run. And in instances where FUD doesn't work, these same companies ride along with the old "legacy software" argument, explaining how open source solutions simply cannot match up in quality to their proprietary counterparts.

"Now here's the interesting part. There have been poorly promoted news stories by the mainstream press in which non-profits, libraries and schools have gone with open source solutions only to realize a substantial savings in terms of overall cost. So while the enterprise world continues to grapple with the perceived "expense" of making the switch, some entities not trying to earn a profit appear to be making a successful go at it."

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