The Value of Linux for Small Business

Wednesday Sep 8th 2010 by Matt Hartley
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What's the value proposition for a small business when it comes to making the switch to Linux? That depends on the priorities of each business. But the key to a successful migration is a skilled leader.

What kind of value tempts a small business owner to endure a period of upheaval and migrate over to a Linux computing platform? Matt Hartley says it's control over technology – a virtual elimination of repair problems and their associated costs, combined with savings on software licensing.

Hartley notes that the IT firms must be sensitive to specific needs of small business -- that in some cases a mixed Windows and Linux environment may make more sense. And, no surprise here, a skilled individual leading the migration makes all the difference.

If you're wondering about the benefits that Linux might offer your business, read on and learn what you want an IT firm to understand about small business needs. Datamation.com has the full story.


In a tight economy, it's more important than ever to make sure every dollar spent is providing maximum return. And for a growing number of small businesses, this means reexamining plans for upgrading existing servers and workstations.

For many small businesses, this translates into more of the same. Renewing expensive licenses, buying newer computer towers and of course, in some instances, installing updates to legacy Windows software.

Read the complete Migrating a Small Business To Linux article

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