How Green is Desktop Linux?

Wednesday Aug 11th 2010 by Matt Hartley
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Matt Hartley considers whether or not desktop Linux is a better choice, for the environment and the economy, than Windows or Mac OS X.

There are a lot of good reasons why SMBs should consider Desktop Linux as an alternative to Windows or Mac OSes: you save money on software licensing, it offers excellent security, and you have access to a world-wide support community, to name a few. But there may be other advantages, too, especially for the eco-minded. Matt Hartley looks at whether Desktop Linux is actually a better environmental choice…and whether it will have an impact on our tech economy. Our sister site, Datamation, has the details.


In this piece, I’ll explore the ideas behind Linux as the operating system for the eco-friendly masses, and how desktop Linux could potentially affect the hardware/software sectors of the economy.

Then finally, I'll put the pieces together and examine whether a sudden increase in Linux usage on the desktop would spell trouble for the economy.

Read the complete Desktop Linux article.

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