Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2006 00:21 UTC, submitted by george
Linux "More than five years ago the launch of Microsoft Windows XP - and its considerably improved features and reliability compared with Windows 98 and 2000 - made a comprehensive desktop rollout a no-brainer for companies. The other options were all far from desirable. Now, as the world gears up for the launch of Windows Vista, the conclusion may not be so cut and dry. Certainly, Vista is set to be feature-packed and reliable, and many companies will move to the new platform as a matter of course. However, Linux has come a long way in five years, with the concerted effort of hobbyists around the world supplemented by the resources of tech heavyweights to push its desktop features to near-parity with Windows XP."
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Cost of switching.
by leech on Tue 10th Jan 2006 09:34 UTC
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One of the the many things that usually aren't brought up in TCO studies is the malware factor. If a virus gets opened by some nitwit on your corporate network, all of the computers can be down for some time, until the IT guys can go around and clear it out. This of course is problematic at best when a lot of the viruses disable the ant-virus software and all the computers have to be cleaned by opening the registry and removing things. I know, I went down this road. Nothing like having to stop an entire call center so the two IT guys can go from system to system cleaning out everything.

I could have gotten linux on the desktops there if it weren't for a few apps that did not work in Wine. But there are plenty of companies that can't handle the down time due to viruses and other malware. Then of course I'm sure there are a lot of IT specialists out there that are tired of having to wake up at 3am just so that they can reboot the windows server after an upgrade. But of course that's talking Windows on the server.

Some companies have in the past switched over to linux simply because then they don't have to worry about being raided by the BSA. Even though most companies try their hardest to make sure they have licenses for all their software, there are always some that creep in that aren't licensed.


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