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BusinessWeek Online: Linux Goes Mainstream

May 16, 2002, 19:00 (32 Talkback[s])

Giant Steps for a Software Upstart

"For Mindbridge Chief Operating Officer and founder Scott Testa, the impetus for shifting to Linux came from a change in Microsoft's licensing policies. The new licenses, which push customers to pay annual subscription fees, would have boosted software costs at Mindbridge, a 300-employee intranet software company, by tens of thousands of dollars annually. Testa figured that as long as Mindbridge was switching from Microsoft server products, it might as well also move away from the Solaris operating system, the proprietary Unix software that runs only on expensive Sun Microsystems' hardware.

"Mindbridge didn't make the decision lightly. Migration snafus from switching server-operating systems can bring companies to a halt. But Testa claims that Mindbridge experienced only a few minor glitches, and now he couldn't be happier. 'I'm not a Microsoft basher or a Solaris basher, but we're saving hundreds of thousands of dollars between support contracts, upgrade contracts, and hardware,' says Testa, who professes that even two years ago he would have laughed off suggestions that he switch to Linux..."

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