Free Software is good for business

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| Once the domain of hobbyist software developers, open source software
| applications - both hosted and locally-installed - are having a major and
| positive impact on the enterprise.
|
| [...]
|
| The incentives may be different, but the effect is the same. John Sarsgard of
| IBM stated the case quite clearly back in 2003: "Is it a charitable thing for
| IBM to have 250 engineers working on Linux? Long term, we are getting a
| cheaper operating system than we can by building our own. It's self serving.
| We can't build a Linux class operating system all by ourselves with only 250
| people."
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http://www.itpro.co.uk/features/1248...-business.html


Related:

If Not Vista Enterprise, Then What?

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| Microsoft's Vista Enterprise licensing changes mean some businesses will
| adopt something else. Could it be Linux? The answer is surprising.
|
| [...]
|
| "For those business that would rather bypass SA and purchase individual
| licenses, the options are limited," said Roger Kay, president of Endpoint
| Technologies. "They can stick with XP, which many are doing, go to Linux—an
| increasingly viable option, given its support from OEMs like Dell and Lenovo—
| or pony up for Ultimate, which carries a pretty hefty premium." * *
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...129TX1K0000535


Businesses having second thoughts about Vista

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| Fewer businesses are now planning to move to Windows Vista than seven months
| ago, according to a survey by patch management vendor PatchLink Corp., while
| more said they will either stick with the Windows they have, or turn to Linux
| or Mac OS X.
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http://www.computerworld.com/action/...icleId=9028478


Software Assurance Storm Warning

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| In a report to be published today, Forrester Research sees a series of
| customer hurricanes coming Microsoft's way. If they strike, they could wash
| away many Software Assurance contracts. Software Assurance is the discounted
| upgrade option available with Open, Open Value and Select volume licensing
| contracts.
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...m_warning.html