The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the acceptance of Linux as a mainstream computing platform, one that is now deemed enterprise-ready by industry analysis and businesses alike. Though many organizations are already running Linux as email, Web, or file servers, an increasing number are bringing Linux into the data centre and onto their corporate desktop environments.
There are several factors adding to this migration from proprietary operating systems to Linux. Cost (including acquisitions, licensing, and ongoing support) is the primary consideration. But there are other key drivers as well such as growing availability of vendor applications, software support for Linux on more computer architectures, and the costs of forced upgrades by Microsoft.
Where does deploying Linux and Open Source make sense? Have crashes, viruses, DoS attacks, and headaches gotten out of control? Have you had it with Windows and you want to switch to Linux? What about the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) story? How do you prepare a business case tailored for Linux? How do you develop Open Source procurement and risk mitigation guidelines? Do you plan for a Linux server or desktop deployment? We can help you to answer theses questions and many more.
TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)
For desktop or home use, Linux is very cheap or free, Windows is expensive. For server use, Linux is very cheap compared to Windows. Microsoft allows a single copy of Windows to be used on only one computer. Starting with Windows XP, they use software to enforce this rule (Windows Product Activation at first, later Genuine Windows). In contrast, once you have purchased Linux, you can run it on any number of computers for no additional charge.
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