ZDNet UK: Linux--A Buyer's Guide for SMEs
Jan 20, 2006, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Walk into any small business and, for the most part, you'll
find individually licensed Windows desktops connected via Windows
networks to Windows servers running Windows applications. However,
it doesn't have to be that way, and an increasing number of
companies are discovering the benefits of switching some, if not
all, of their IT to the open source Linux platform.
"Exactly how far you'll want to go will depend on your
particular business needs, and it's wise to be cautious: most small
companies are content to begin with Linux servers running back-end
applications. However, you can also deploy Linux on the desktop, as
mature office productivity tools are now readily available for a
fraction of the cost of the Microsoft alternatives..."