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LinuxWorld: How to Get Linux on your Corporate Desktop

Mar 14, 2002, 14:30 (35 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nick Davis)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"If you find yourself in a sea of Windows at work, find the official and unofficial policies towards alternate operating systems. Don't expect to change a rigid prohibition. After all, your employer owns your computer and your time on the job, and if your organization makes it a firing offense to use something other than an abacus, stone knife, and bear claw as your computing tools, well, then you're stuck.

"Another item in the common sense department is compatibility. Which applications are taken for granted? In IDG.net's case, we complete most of our work with browsers that connect to IDG's public Web sites, which is no problem for the common Linux browsers. On the other hand, we use our browsers to throw the levers and turn the knobs on the Oracle database that controls www.idg.net. Some HTML code on our internal Oracle server is tricky, and I discovered that not all Linux browsers render it properly. The other critical compatibility issues I needed to resolve at IDG.net are the company-wide deployment of Lotus Notes and the use of AOL Instant Messenger. Failure to resolve any one of these would scuttle my plans for a Linux desktop at work..."

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