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[News] Verdict: Desktop GNU/Linux Suitable for Small Businesses

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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.   
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http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/12068_3781076_1


Recent:

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.”
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http://www.thevarguy.com/2008/10/03/gameloft-moves-1000-desktops-to-ubuntu-linux/


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.
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http://itatsmallbiz.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/is-linux-ready-for-your-small-business/
http://tinyurl.com/5gwpem


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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| [...]
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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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http://www.pcworld.com/article/147879/move_your_business_from_windows_to_linux.html
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