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Linux continues to prove its worth as a serious contender to Microsoft's Windows operating system (OS), according to research by analyst firm Context. More than 500 VARs across Europe, including 85 from the UK, took part in Context's Linux survey in August. The results were published last week. They showed that 30 per cent of VARs questioned are actively selling Linux-based computers. A total of 57 per cent said they planned to increase Linux sales.
I firmly agree! My clients are small and medium size businesses with limited budgets. By taking the software cost down by using open source, moving to an Intel / Linux platform, and in some cases using LTSP to extend the life of their aging equipment, we are bringing big business technologies to the smaller firms who otherwise could not afford it. All they end up paying for is the expertise to integrate the products. We have retail, manufacturing, and distribution clients coming up on systems ranging from basic Accounting and Inventory Management to CRM, ERP, and CMMS platforms. These folks would be stuck in 1996 with the equipment they had without Linux and people like I have in my firm to leverage it for them.
Tellangon Associates, Ltd.