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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The Real Question
by diadicic on Tue 8th Jul 2008 12:53 UTC
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I find that the big question that comes is not, can we move to Linux? The question that my bosses have is. WinXP is finished and Vista is a no go. Where do we go from here right now? I work for a Library System and in my Library alone we have over 130 computers. The back bone of the network is Linux/Samba based. The workstations are all windows based. What do I do for new workstations? Most venders are eliminating XP and XP based Hardware. The economy is getting worse everyday and we still need to upgrade older machines every year. I have computers that are over five years old. I can't move to Linux based workstations with the public. Hell most of staff still can’t answer the most basic windows questions. MS really screwed us.

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RE: The Real Question
by jabbotts on Tue 8th Jul 2008 15:31 in reply to "The Real Question"
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I've heard good things from Libraries that have switched. The public systems break less often since a user can only eat the user's own space. All the software is available to provide browsing, email and document editing or media viewing.

It sounds like your next step is to take an inventory of what software you install on those workstations then investigate alternatives where possible. You may find programs that are required which only run on a Windows platform but you may find out that the only limitation is that you haven't done it already.

Once you have your list of software functions and brand names for Windows and Linux based OS applications that support those functions; build a test machine or run a four machine trial on the side.

(the function is Email; Outlook and Thunderbird are two branded applications that support it)

(eesh, I know the tech. If I knew marketing I may actually be employed within IT again. That's my own topic of venting though and unrelated to this.)

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RE: The Real Question
by obsidian on Tue 8th Jul 2008 22:03 in reply to "The Real Question"
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"Where to from here?" - good question... ;)

Two possibilities are using Wine and (in about a year or so) ReactOS. Wine has made some great progress in the last couple of months or so. I've judged it harshly in the past, but it's now impressing even me.

ReactOS (which is using an increasing amount of Wine code) is really making huge progress too. It's still labelled as "alpha" but the latest releases feel very solid. It is aimed as being compatible with XP, so it could be an option in about a year or so. Until then, Wine might be worth a try.

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