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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..."

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