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Post by Leif Erlingsso » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00

-----------  On making Linux a viable business-computing OS.  ------------

A *small* mailing list has been created. It is not intended for backbiting
or flames. The list is about making Linux a viable business-computing OS.

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Questions this lists intend to deal with or has dealt with include...

        *       How does one insure the maintenance, longevity,
                widespread support, and continued enhancements of
                the product?

        *       What is effective business computing ?
                And how might you go about it ?

                Let me start by saying, business solutions are most
                effective when, rather than buying something off the
                shelf, you look at the requirements, immediate, and
                long term, and then design and implement the appropriate
                solution.  (See where that gets us...)

                And for example, I am aware of many businesses that have
                nothing but dumb terminals and generic text printers, and
                they are quite profitable and successful.  (Because they
                don't need Windows ?, Because they don't have Windows ?,
                Because they designed the right solution to their exact
                problem ? )

                This is one of the most significant underappreciated
                facts of business computing: A solution that does just
                what you want and nothing more (with the exception of
                providing a flexible future expansion path) is often a
                much more productive and affordable solution than a 'more
                powerful/state-of-the-art' solution.

                ... the biggest problem with complete Windows-based PCs
                on every desktop is the mind boggling support and
                administrative costs associated with this setup.
                If you can get the job done with dumb terminals and a
                couple of centralized servers, then by all means do so:
                you'll save enormous amounts of time and money over the
                long haul.

                Similarly, if you can get the job done with X terminals
                or PCs converted to Linux-based X terminals, do it: not
                only will you save money on initial hardware and software
                purchase costs, but you will also save long term on
                administrative costs, see potentially better performance
                than the 'Windows on every desktop' approach, and have
                much better options for future expansions as your needs

                Many of the same issues that are driving the push toward
                simple Network Computers at the personal level also apply
                to business computing.  Stated quite simply and bluntly:
                Windows PCs on everydesktop is not an optimal solution.

                This may be the strongest point in favor of free (ie,
                source available) software.  You _cannot_ ensure that a
                company will continue to maintain, support, etc software.
                Many people have been stuck when a company ceased to
                support software which they depend on.

                On the other hand if you have source, you can maintain it
                yourself or pay someone else to do so (ie, Cygnus).  It
                then ceases to be "no-cost" software, but it is still
                free in terms of licensing and source.

This list was born off the RedHat list, but is *not* confined to any
particular flavor of Linux.

-- Leif Erlingsson +46 8 604-0995
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