"Today's IT managers face tough choices. PCs that run fine today
have an uncertain upgrade path, now that Microsoft has chosen to
discontinue Windows XP. Upgrade costs associated with Vista,
coupled with the ever-escalating cost of application licenses, make
switching to desktop Linux an increasingly attractive option.
"For many businesses, however, it's difficult to know where to
begin. The Linux market is broad and thriving, with myriad options
to choose from. Most organizations will want to phase in Linux
gradually, which in many cases will mean supporting a heterogeneous
computing environment for the first time. As a result, it can be
hard to predict where software incompatibilities might affect
critical business processes..."