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CRN: VARs hope for Windows 2000 [& Linux] lift

Feb 15, 2000, 16:16 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"White-box VARs, looking for a lift after a tough spell, may find some light at the end of the tunnel with the impending launch of Windows 2000 and lower-cost Linux flavors hitting the streets."

"White-box resellers also are considering an alternative in Linux, but the OS has failed to move into the mainstream. While resellers tout the cost advantages of a cheap, multiuser OS that is open-sourced, Linux has some of the same downsides as Windows 2000--complexity and a lack of application support, said VARs."

" 'There will be a cost advantage to Linux, and there's a possibility of anti-Microsoft feeling in small businesses because of the costs,' said Scott Jaffe, president of Business Computer Technology, an Akron, Ohio-based subsidiary of Sedata Systems Inc. '[The cost of] Linux is effectively zero, so it would enable us to sell a box for $300 and some change.' "

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