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DesktopLinux: Linux and the Knowledge Worker

Apr 26, 2003, 04:00 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Peters)

"This article is intended to hopefully give insight into the state of desktop Linux as it pertains to the business market. One of the oft-stated goals of Linux developers is adoption by businesses for both server and desktop for technical and non-technical staff alike. I took it upon myself to use Linux daily for my job (most staff uses Windows 98 or XP) for a variety of reasons. In this (and future) article(s) I would like to share my experiences using Linux in an otherwise homogeneous Microsoft environment.

"My switch from a 100% Microsoft-based job to nearly 0 Gates-time was supposed to be a carefully executed affair. I have used Linux in one form or another for about three years, although I am very much still a newbie. This is mostly a result of having owned underpowered hardware and having strictly MS work environments.

"My current job is research and consulting, and consists entirely of performing research on the Internet and creating office documents from the results (I guess I would be considered a so-called 'knowledge worker'). So I had planned to meticulously test OpenOffice and StarOffice (then at version 5.2) for compatibility, and once it was reasonably established I would migrate mail and other data to Linux equivalents. That was before The Day..."

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