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Apr 30, 2001, 23:00 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Dvorak)

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Still exercised over WindwsXP's registration requirements, John C. Dvorak has just the prescription for cash-strapped small businesses tired of living on the ever-upward curve of software costs: adopt free software or shareware. High on his list for those suffering Office fatigue? StarOffice.

"The savings a large corporation would make if it bought 10,000 white box machines running StarOffice on Linux could easily be $200 a machine or more, depending on the license agreements," says Dvorak, who also points out "if an information technology department can't find ways to incorporate some of the outstanding freeware and shareware into the corporate IT infrastructure, they should be replaced with more cost conscious personnel."

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