Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 at 2:23pm

How one small branch office switched to Linux

Posted by Jordan Erickson

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36635 –

theinquirer.net has an article today about a small business who was opening a new branch office, and needed to set up a small 5-node computer network.

The issues their IT support team encountered with proprietary hardware and software are very common in the tech world. I can vouch for this specific situation myself, having encountered dealing with software licensing and low-level hardware drivers a number of times during a system install. It is not something to be simply ‘churned through’ as it seems to be part of a bigger overall problem with software/hardware vendors and cooperating for the ‘greater good’ of compatibility and ease of installation. This problem, unfortunately, translates directly into more billed hours to the customer because of the restrictive licensing and practices with proprietary software and hardware, and the troubleshooting that I.T. firms must endure to get a system up and running.

Let’s hope 2007 becomes the year of technological freedom!

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