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O'Reilly Network: Linux in the Enterprise -- Getting in the Door

Feb 10, 2000, 05:59 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David HM Spector)

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"One of the first tasks facing a Linux enthusiast is getting a Linux box in the door. Just because Linux is portrayed as the greatest thing since sliced bread in the press doesn't mean that your IT manager is going to give you the green light to put a Linux box on your desk or in the your company's data center."

"If you're working at an Internet company, getting Linux in the door is probably easier than if you're at a Fortune 500 type of establishment, but in either situation, making the case for Linux as an enterprise option will take planning, persistence, and willingness to personally do the work to make it happen."

"Many technologists try to get new things in the door by proclaiming their glories rather than making a solid, supportable business case for them: I've done it myself, after all, I'm the technology guy, these management suits should listen to me, what do suits actually know about technology, anyway?"

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