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ShowMeLinux.com: What is the Best OS for a small Business

Sep 10, 2000, 20:58 (5 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to Nobody for this link. ] "I was sitting in a cafe the other day with some of my friends and we started discussing the merits of the various operating systems. So I posed the question, "If you were a small business owner, say less than 15 employees, and you needed a computer system for your office, what system would you buy, and why?" Let's narrow it down to Windows, MacOS, or Linux, OK?"

"After a heated debate, we decided we had to determine what kind of business we needed this system for and what kinds of applications we would be running. We agreed that the office computers would have to be networked to share printing and file access, and access to the Internet was a must. We suggested that the office was a legal firm (2 votes to 1) and the main applications would be word processing, client billing and accounting, and some database and spreadsheet work. Some of the categories to consider for the OS would be the availability and cost of software, available training on the software and its attendant learning curve, the amount of time and training a network supervisor would require to manage the network, stability of the OS and the applications, resources available for support, connectivity options, hardware and vendor support."

"No fair", the Linux guy said. "You get computers already configured!" While it was acknowledged that this was generally true, we conceded that more and more PC systems are being sold with Linux pre-installed. With Linux you have to know the monitor refresh rate, vertical and horizontal sync rate, resolution, modem type, sound card type, and the technical specs of every component in your computer! What if you buy a second-hand machine? Who keeps the documentation to a computer once it's all set up?"

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