"Organizing a conference around moving from Windows to Linux on
the desktop may be easier than actually making the switch, at least
that was the sentiment expressed by many panelists and attendees at
the Desktop Linux Summit 2003.
"The panelists and exhibitors gathered to promote the move to
Lindows, a PC operating system similar to Windows but without the
licensing fees and headaches that can be associated with the
dominant Windows operating system.
"Cost savings was the primary reason that Mindbridge, a
Norristown, Penn. software company made the jump to Linux on the
desktop. Scott Testa chief operating officer with MindBridge, who
presented at the conference, explained that he purchased Microtel
computers for his company at the bargain price of $225 a piece. He
was then in position where he had to spend $400 to $500 in
licensing fees for each machine to install Microsoft Windows and
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