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PR: Idaho Firm Entirely Migrates to Linux Desktops with Ximian

Sep 17, 2002, 01:00 (10 Talkback[s])

Ximian, Inc. today announced that LinOra Corporation, a Boise, Idaho-based professional services firm, transitioned its desktop PC users across its entire office from Microsoft Windows to Linux--a move made possible by Ximian Evolution, a groupware suite for personal information management that runs on Linux and UNIX-based systems. As a result of the switch, which took just three months to complete, LinOra eliminated common Windows virus threats while reducing licensing and maintenance costs considerably.

LinOra previously used PCs running Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office for all of its sales, development, and operations personnel. After suffering repeated virus attacks and the associated downtime, LinOra began to look at a Linux alternative, including the Sun StarOffice application suite and the Mozilla web browser.

To complete the transition from Windows to Linux, LinOra installed Ximian Evolution on its Linux systems.

"After severe bouts with the NIMDA and Klez viruses, we wanted to mandate that all users be switched to Linux for added security and increased protection," said LinOra CEO Kelly Hogan. "While most of the pieces we needed to make the switch were available, we were missing a high-quality email and personal information management application to replace Microsoft Outlook. With its familiar interface and robust feature set, Evolution became the foundation product that enabled our entire company's changeover to Linux."

"Our customers are constantly looking for ways to cut costs while maintaining a level of continuity within their IT systems," said David Patrick, CEO and president of Ximian. "Many customers are frustrated with the licensing costs and security implications of Microsoft and are searching for a cost-effective alternative. With Ximian Desktop and Ximian Evolution, we provide corporate customers with a complete desktop environment, and LinOra is a testament to the fact that businesses can make the change to Linux. We expect to see the pace of corporate evaluations, pilots and deployments to continue to accelerate."

"After the success of its own implementation, LinOra is now recommending Linux to its customers as a secure, cost-effective option for the desktop. The firm, which provides complete ERP implementation services and infrastructure planning assistance to large organizations and government agencies including the State of Idaho and San Diego County Office of Education, is also installing Ximian Desktop in its classroom facility.

Employed primarily for in-depth technical training of customers, LinOra's classroom facilities are also used to instruct businesses considering migrating to Linux with new ways of managing their productivity environment through products like Ximian Desktop and Ximian Evolution. During these sessions, LinOra demonstrates how Ximian Desktop provides a stable, effective environment for managing business-critical applications, something LinOra itself learned after switching to Linux on the desktop.

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