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ComputerWeekly.com: Strategy Clinic: Adopting Linux

Jan 19, 2001, 20:14 (17 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to T Harris for this link. ]

"I keep reading about Linux, how it doesn't cost anything, how it is a viable alternative to Microsoft. Is this true? If I wanted to try it out, dip my toe in, where would you suggest I start?"

"Linux is just another operating systems, is it not? As such, it may be an alternative to some of Microsoft's versions of Windows but is hardly a basis, on its own, for an alternative software strategy. For that you need to consider the availability of application software. Microsoft's Office suite (Word, Excel etc) is not currently available for use with Linux, for example.

"Proponents of Linux will point out that alternate software, for almost any business requirement, is available and is often better than the Microsoft equivalent. Your users will want to test such claims out for themselves. For them, the sheer inconvenience of changing their familiar user interface may exceed any theoretical benefits."

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