"This review focused on Linux Red Hat 7.1 from a
business user's view and attempted to answer my client's question
"Can Linux be used as a replacement for Windows 2000". After an
intensive hands-on Linux project lasting several months, I was able
to provide my client with a pertinent answer to this question.
Based on a solid Linux business plan, my client decided that
Linux was a good investment for most of the company's employees,
but will retain a few key Windows computers in the office for
specific applications. Connecting Linux and Windows computers on
the same network, and sharing Office 97/2000 files between the
different OSs, is easy and works well, thanks to Linux Red Hat and
Star Office. The primary reason for this decision was a $10,000
saving on his IT budget! For support reasons, he decided to use a
local Linux supplier for installation and configuration work.
For other business users, here is my advice:
For whatever reason, if you want to get started with Linux, or
implement an office network of Linux and Windows clients, Linux Red
Hat 7.1 is very much the way to go. Linux Red Hat 7.1 can be used
as an alternative to Windows 2000! You will be stunned by the bang
for the buck that Linux bundled free "open source" software offers.
Linux Red Hat is a complete server (LAN, Web, SQL) and offers
excellent desktop applications for corporate users. Each business
user will need to look at the benefits of using Linux (no software
licensing fees, fewer hardware upgrades, many good applications)
and the costs (installation, configuration, upgrades, training,
support). If the benefits outweigh the costs, then you have an
affordable viable desktop alternative to Windows."