[ILUG] Linux is more expensive than Windows
maddenj at skynet.ie
Tue Apr 6 12:50:58 IST 2004
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On (06/04/04 11:32), adam beecher didst pronounce:
> According to the report, 90 percent of 300 large enterprises with 10,000 or
> more end-users indicated that a significant or total switch from Windows to
> Linux would be too expensive, extremely complex and would not provide any
> tangible gains.
The tangible gains provided by switching to Linux will not be evident to
companies who don't try it (or at least do a trial run on, eg. one
dept.). However, where 10,000 end-users are concerned, the change would
be quite significant. In enterprises like this that depend heavily on
Windows, the integretation between the end-user system and the servers
(eg. Outlook + Exchange) is lost if a switch to Linux is made. I know
there are projects out there to help, and ways of making it work, but if
you're going to switch, it should be done properly -- ie. move away from
the M$ lock-in in your business completely and implement other
The second thing is it'd likely require a completely new IT department
to deal with Linux. The IT departments in these types of companies
generally tend to know and stick with M$ solutions and are nearly afraid
of trying anything else. This means that, even for a trial run, extra
staff would be needed to support it.
However, if all these (and other) problems are overcome, then I think
the benefits of Linux over Windows would quickly shine through -- in
usability, security and, of course, financial gain. But large companies
that depend on M$ spend more time (and money) "researching" the problem
and coming up with excuses as to why it's not feasible to change than
actually trying it out.
To be honest, I think trying to persuade these types of companies of the
benefits of Linux on their servers / desktops is a waste of time.
Everything comes down to money, and they're not willing to try it when
it means spending too much money initially.
Chat ya later,
BOFH excuse #1: clock speed
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