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OSNews: Issues Surrounding Linux and Implications for IT Managers

Dec 12, 2003, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Bowness)

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"The purpose of this paper is to provide analysis on the Linux operating system along with Open Source software in general. Discussion will include benefits of the operating system, some of its downfalls, and the direction where Linux and the Open Source movement is headed. It is targeted specifically for IT managers and CIO's who are considering Linux Distribution rollouts to replace their existing IT systems. Lastly conclusions and recommendations will be made. This paper was created primarily as a research paper however it includes some personal experiences, and experiences derived from other Linux users.

"The whispers of a growing number of Linux desktop platforms have reached many an IT managers ear, and as the community continues to grow and blossom it will become a point of hot contention as companies seek to justify switching to Linux. As a recent article at LinuxWorld (Gael Duval, 2003, Subheading 3, Paragraph 1) points out 'More and more companies are migrating parts or all of their infrastructure to Linux. They need a system that is more efficient, more flexible, more open, more robust, and more customizable. In these challenging economic times, businesses also need to reduce their total cost of ownership. Linux is certainly the best solution for all of the reasons stated above, and more.' However as with anything new to your IT infrastructure there are many factors to consider before migrating to Linux..."

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