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CRN: Constructing A Windows-Less Office

Dec 03, 2001, 16:12 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank J. Ohlhorst)
"Tired of doing Windows? Well, there might be no better time than now to consider a pure Linux environment.

The flat economy, rising software costs, shrinking technology budgets, and Microsoft's licensing and pricing gambles with Windows XP and .Net services have many SMB customers clamoring to solution providers for inexpensive alternatives. Although Linux's corporate inroads have primarily been on the server front and questions remain about the profitability of a Linux-powered desktop, a select few solution providers are already closing deals and reaping rewards from selling Linux-based solutions.

To get a firsthand look at the viability of a "Windows-free" solution, the CRN Test Center built a Linux network consisting of a server and five workstations running various distributions of Linux. The goal was to create a reliable network that could be used in a typical small-business environment."

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