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OSDir: Corporate Desktop Linux--The Hard Truth [Part II]

Feb 12, 2005, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by W. McDonald Buck)

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"A number of cost studies have been published. In addition to their biases and their other flaws, they generally evaluate replacing both servers and desktops with Linux. There is no question that Linux is successful in the server market, where almost any fair analysis concludes it will save money. This article focuses exclusively on the desktop side of the equation, since for a decision maker, these can easily be separated into separate business decisions.

"A different way of framing the question will help get at this. Say a smart company makes the decision to save a lot of money by moving all its servers to Linux. Many have begun doing so. And of course you don't have to change operating systems to save money on applications. The press is full of reports of people dumping Internet Explorer for Firefox. Switching from Office to OpenOffice for all but the most demanding users is a smart move with a high payoff..."

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