"My verdict: Desktop Linux is a great choice for many regular
Joes with basic computer needs. And not just on netbooks.
"In fact, I found that it makes a lot of sense to standardize
office workers on desktop Linux. I now understand why governments
in Asia and Europe say they want to get off the Microsoft train and
shift to Linux. I thought these were empty threats meant to get
better licensing deals or to blunt some of Microsoft's monopolistic
power, but as it turns out, desktop Linux is a worthwhile option
for both public organizations and private companies. Those who
standardize on Linux would save serious money on the new equipment
needed for Vista or Windows 7, not to mention OS and Office
upgrades as well. Your business could, too.
"Moreover, Linux-based shops would require significantly less
training than they would to teach staff Vista or Windows 7 and
Microsoft Office 2007."