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Nat Friedman: Choose Vista + Ignore Linux Desktops = Face Shareholders’ Wrath

[ Thanks to Peter Parker for this
link. ]

‘If you don’t evaluate Linux desktops, you may be liable to your
shareholders because you’re spending an enormous amount of money to
upgrade to Vista without a demonstrable ROI,’ said open source
developer turned Novell exec Nat Friedman during our recent
conversation.

“‘You’ll spend $30 million to upgrade to Vista, and you’ll have
exactly the same functionality and same level of security
challenges we had before. Instead, you could spend less money and
not have to replace hardware by going with a Linux desktop, along
with having fewer security challenges, built-in sandboxing for your
applications, inclusion of an office suite… and all at a tenth of
the licensing cost of Microsoft. Oh, and there’s better
manageability…'”


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