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LinuxLinks.com: Linux means Business: Databases

Aug 19, 2000, 23:10 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Linux means Business is a collection of articles that focus on the way businesses can make use of the Linux operating system. For many users the attractiveness of Linux software stems from its price. However for business users the price of the software license is only one factor. In a business environment the total cost of the software is assessed. A corporation will consider development costs (adapting the software to the company's own specific requirements), support, training etc. Businesses also have a different set of requirements that an application must meet. The software must be compatible with industry standards. If the company needs to issue reports to its clients, they must be in a format their client can understand."

"It is sometimes thought that Linux applications cannot challenge Microsoft applications in a commercial setting because the strength of Linux comes from its price. Linux means Business aims to demonstrate that the strength of this operating system arises from other factors such as stability, ease of use, and high quality commercial applications. In addition, the increasing amount of Open Source software is already invaluable to commercial organisations. With full access to source code, companies can easily develop extensions to the software, tailor made to their own specific needs and requirements. Moreover they are not reliant on the good will of a single vendor in order to do business: Linux is about freedom and choice and that is just as important to an organisation as it is to an individual."

"A database is the most vital system for a company as it stores mission critical information. The continual failure of a company's database system can only lead to the demise of the organisation - companies cannot do business without a working system. A database management system , or DBMS, gives the user access to their data and helps them transform the raw data into information. These systems allow users to create, update, and extract information from their databases. Compared to a manual filing system, the biggest advantages of a computerized database system are speed, accuracy, and accessibility. A database is a structured collection of data. Data refers to the characteristics of people, things, and events."

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