IT-Director: Linux: winning answers. Need I say more?Mar 31, 2001, 21:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Linux strengths were discussed, the cost and its resilience. There were a few concerns regarding the application availability to suit its specific business needs. Bearing in mind that whatever the operation, a drastic change would require that all the main business processes should be accommodated as well as sector specific processes."
"Many commercial software vendors can supply Linux versions of their product, but some customers may not want to retain the same application vendor and would like to move to an alternative. This is an ideal opportunity for the Linux community to pick up. There are always concerns with the unknown. Where can a business application be sourced? How much does it cost? Who will support it? Who can migrate the data from an original source? Valid points, when planning for an upheaval."
"Here are some answers and surprises. Resource is not really an issue; Linux is not really a native environment. There are many talented UNIX experts, and current system administration and security staff can learn Linux relatively quickly. The perception of sourcing the application to a sector specific business is merely an illusion. The OpenSource Initiative is an oracle for any type of concerns and that includes the specialised applications too. Applications are categorised and relevant links to the suppliers of software and services exist, in their droves. There are not one or two, but hundreds."