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Switching to Linux (For the Right Reasons)

Jan 06, 2011, 14:12 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"So what is my concern about making the switch to Linux in order to save money? These are trying economic times -- wouldn't using a platform without licensing costs make a lot of sense?

"Yes, I am a fan of the cost savings of using open source solutions, but only when coupled with other Linux advantages. Switching merely based on cost savings is almost always going to lead to a massive switch back to the previous platform. Why? Because any hurdles along the way will be seen as a big deal, thus sending those migrating running back to the familiar.

"Instead I think there needs to be more focus on 'control' over how things are running. This means no surprise updates despite disabling this feature, and no concern over lost software copies since the software is readily available from the software online repositories. It also means the benefit of a generally consistent experience regardless of the system the software is installed on."

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