NewsForge: Dear Microsoft Resellers: It's Time to Look at Linux
Jul 04, 2003, 02:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)
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"We've been seeing stories lately indicating that Microsoft is
beefing up its direct sales staff and relying less on independent
resellers. If you're one of those resellers, it looks like it's
time for you to start offering Linux and Free/Open Source solutions
in addition to the Windows-based ones on which you've based your
business in the past, if only in self-defense. Chances are, you and
your clients will like Linux a lot once you get used to it. And if
you're clever, you may see higher earnings than you did when you
only sold Windows products.
"Linux really isn't all that hard to learn, you know. There are
plenty of books and classes and even free tutorials available. You
can get certifications that cover Linux in general, and
certificates for specific Linux distributions, with the Red Hat
certification program probably being the best-known one, especially
if you're in North America.
"You'll also want to hook up up with at least two or three
reliable sources of 'casual' Linux knowledge..."