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
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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