Linked by David Adams on Tue 8th Jul 2008 04:09 UTC, submitted by Caffeine Deprived
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y This article takes a look at the issues involved with ditching Windows for Linux. It's not the most in-depth piece, but it provides a handy introduction of the 'how's and 'why's of shifting.
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Right, just start from the applications
by jemmjemm on Tue 8th Jul 2008 07:17 UTC
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Happy to repeat my earlier comment here (with some addons):

Well, at our office of 70+ something desktops I'm looking to leave XP as soon as our last crucial 3rd party application will be available under Linux. And that currently looks like to happen in 2-3 years or so.

Meanwhile, we've dumped MS Office and using OpenOffice, IE is blocked and Firefox is the default browser for all staff. Thunderbird is used instead of Outlook or Outlook Express. VLC Media Player is used instead of WMP. These last steps are something that a very big portion of Windows users can do (or have done). And from that base at one point of time switching to Linux will be pretty hassle-free.

And all the in-house business applications are web-applications that have been written respecting standards - so no vendor lock in there as well.

And all printers are already purchased so that Linux drivers are available for them.

And then we run tens of Linux servers already ;)

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