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Editor's Note: Does Linux Deliver For Small Businesses?

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| The answer is Yes, it does, though with some qualifications. The short
| answer: it's all in the implementation.
| [...]
| So the medium answer is Yes, Linux combined with friendly, skilled support
| definitely delivers for small business, and it does so better than any other
| platform. Even if there are some super-duper specialized Windows- or Mac-only
| applications that are must-haves for a particular business, the sane
| infrastructure is still Linux everywhere, Windows/Mac only as needed.



Is Linux Truly Small Business Ready?

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| Based on everything presented above, is it fair to say that a small business
| can operate exclusively on a Linux workstation/server setup? The short answer
| is yes. The longer, more in-depth answer is yes with the help of
| professionals to assist the small business owner with setup.



Gameloft Moves 1,000 Desktops to Ubuntu Linux

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| “It’s been a pretty big deployment, well over 1000 desktops and it’s been a
| huge success,” crows the source. “Ubuntu does the same job [as Windows] for
| zero cash. The most painful thing about the change over was moving to
| Thunderbird from Outlook. No one has batted an eyelid about moving to Gnome.”


Is Linux ready for your Small Business?

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| Start Switching Applications Now. When you decide to start down this road,
| one of the best things you can do is to start switching applications now.
| Start installing Firefox on your Windows machines and encourage users to use
| it instead of IE (I would even suggest changing the default browser). *Most
| linux IM clients also have a working Windows version. *Install OpenOffice and
| remove Microsoft Office. *That last one will probably cause the most
| complaints.


Move Your Business from Windows to Linux

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| If the cost of Windows is getting your small business down, consider shifting
| to Linux.
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| Though you can purchase boxed commercial versions of Linux that include
| support, every Linux distribution is also available for free under the terms
| of the open-source Gnu General Public License, or GPL. Once you figure out
| which distribution you'd like to use (see below), you can simply download,
| burn, and install it on as many systems as you choose.

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