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Jun 10, 2000, 18:14 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For an organisation dependent on Microsoft technology, as indeed most organisations are, there is both opportunity and potential for business disruption, thanks to the Microsoft antitrust verdict. This article chooses to focus on the positive, and explores what organisations should do to minimise their risks so as to emerge unscathed, even if Microsoft itself does not."

"Microsoft has spoiled us with free browsers bundled with our desktop operating systems and free webservers bundled with our server operating systems. Surely, it's not too much of a leap to totally free products that have proved themselves in the real world? We're talking about products like the Linux operating system, the Apache webserver, the SendMail mail server, the Squid proxy server, the Samba Windows-emulating fileserver, the BIND domain name server, etc."

"What happens to all the machines you've acquired over the years? Do they need to be thrown away? Perish the thought. Even if Microsoft disappears, you don't have to buy Sparc workstations! Virtually every alternative operating system (Linux, FreeBSD, BeOS) runs on Intel-based PCs, so your investment in hardware at least is likely to remain intact. What's more, alternative desktop operating systems are vying to be more Windows-like than Windows."

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