"Actually, that's not a bad idea, according to several industry
analysts and experts who talked with Linux.com to offer their hints
and tips on how to broach the subject and make an effective
business case for wider Linux use even as the economy remains
""I think it's definitely a good time to be talking these folks
up even if they don't have an immediate budget," said Dana Gardner,
principal analyst with Interarbor Solutions LLC in Gilford, NH.
"What these organizations need to do is take a hard look at what
they've got in legacy systems and where they want to be in the next
three to four years. The nice thing about open source is that you
can make changes without long commitments on licensing and support.
The down economy opens it up even more for open source."
"One way to support such arguments, Gardner said, is to remember
that the end goal is improving your company's IT systems--not just
bringing in more Linux and open source for the fun of it. That's
the message you can use to gain the interest of your IT