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Making desktop Linux work for business

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| Today's IT managers face tough choices. PCs that run fine today have an
| uncertain upgrade path, now that Microsoft has chosen to discontinue Windows
| XP. Upgrade costs associated with Vista, coupled with the ever-escalating
| cost of application licenses, make switching to desktop Linux an increasingly
| attractive option.
| For many businesses, however, it's difficult to know where to begin. The
| Linux market is broad and thriving, with myriad options to choose from. Most
| organizations will want to phase in Linux gradually, which in many cases will
| mean supporting a heterogeneous computing environment for the first time. As
| a result, it can be hard to predict where software incompatibilities might
| affect critical business processes.



Linux is ready, but consumers are not

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| Haff said a window of opportunity for Linux ironically may lie in the demise
| of the desktop OS. "If you believe in the emergence of cloud computing, then
| the whole concept of running applications on the desktop starts to go away.
| This may well mean that Linux gets more interesting for client devices
| because now native applications do not matter so much," he said.
| Colin Sng, a systems engineer in a Singapore-based firm, who uses Windows,
| Mac and Linux OSes for work and at home, said the technology is ready, but
| obstacles lie mostly with the consumer.


It's time to retire "ready for the desktop"

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| Quite a few reviews of new Linux releases these days try to determine if a
| distribution is "ready for the desktop." I myself have probably been guilty
| of using that phrase, but I think it's time we officially retire this
| criterion.



Windows rapidly approaching desktop usability

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Linux ready for the desktop

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| McLaren said the cost of security alone in the standard desktop, is at
| least "50 percent to double" that of Linux.
| He believes the primary inhibitors to large-scale Linux desktop adoption
| are Windows applications, especially Excel macros, and a perception of
| a large training cost associated with the move.
| "There will always be a migration cost for any large project, but this
| will be dramatically lowered over time," he said. "You need take a
| long-term view and realize security and admin costs will be lowered. We're
| not saying everything should be moved over at once."
| McLaren cited car rental company Europcar as having "success" by moving
| call centre people and branch office systems to Red Hat's desktop.

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