ComputerUser.com: Common Sense About Windows2000May 30, 2000, 21:35 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Unix operating systems, such as Sun's Solaris, already run the majority of services on the Internet. ... And then there are the major fans of open-source network operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD. You'll still need to invest in support costs, but these network operating systems are also dialed in to Web technologies, and are fully capable of handling day-to-day business computing at a fraction of the cost of other approaches."
"Networking and application support thrive on these platforms because of continuous improvements by the open-source community. Open-source technologies are still pushing into the extreme high end of business computing. Today, they are ideal on the front end and middle tier of corporate computing environments. And in a short time, they will take on other network operating systems on the back end."
"Perhaps you are concerned with abandoning Windows desktops in your business computing environment. A few years ago, that used to be a legitimate concern, but it no longer needs to be. There are other types of client platforms and devices that can provide the same level of support. Certainly, you may need to change business applications to adopt new platforms, but the lower cost and added flexibility is well worth investigating."
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