"You're not alone in considering a move to GNU-Linux If
you are thinking of ways to save money by moving to GNU-Linux and
FOSS, you are not alone. On March 16, 2009, a prominent IT research
company by the name of IDC released a study showing that 2009 will
likely see a 10 percent jump in the use of GNU-Linux in both
servers (the machines that run business infrastructure) as well as
desktop computers, which are typically used by office workers. The
study found that the use of GNU-Linux was also going to grow in
mobile devices and ultra-light weight notebook computers called
"netbooks." In fact, number 2 computer maker Dell has said that
one-third of all its netbooks are already sold with the Ubuntu
GNU-Linux operating system pre-installed.
"And with good reason. When you buy a computer with GNU-Linux
pre-installed, you get a lot of really good software that is
comparable to applications that would cost you hundreds and even
thousands of dollars in the world of Microsoft Windows or Apple. Do
you need Adobe Photoshop? You could lay out a couple hundred
dollars for that program, or you could use the GIMP, a
Photoshop-like program that comes free with almost every
pre-installed version of GNU-Linux (and is available as a free
download for Microsoft Windows)."
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