"Thus far we have to examine a couple basic ways of cutting your
IT costs: using Linux thin clients connected to both Windows and
Linux servers. And stand-alone workstations using the existing
Windows installation, yet relying heavily on open source software
so that the company is able to keep licensing costs down to a dull
roar. After all, the idea is to cut your department's overhead, not
change the world of software in a day.
"And so everything described above, in a perfect world, can work
without too much trouble. The biggest challenge to its success is
facing your ability to implement these changes without getting into
the idealistic disputes of closed source vs. open source. In short,
get over the idea that one way of looking at software clearly must
be better than the other - this is nonsense.
"Once you overcome the "one way is best" mindset, your company
is then free to utilize what both the open and closed source worlds
have to provide. This will be the winning formula of commonsense
that enables the enterprise to harness the power of merging these
software technologies together."