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Is Linux Ready for the SMB Space?

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Many small businesses have avoided Linux for a variety of reasons: not enough applications, complexity of installation or that it requires too much technical know-how to run. The technology has matured over many years, which raises the question: How valid are these considerations today?

At this point, this is more of a perception issue than a real business issue," says Chip Nickolett, a systems integrator with Comprehensive Consulting Solutions, of Brookfield, Wisc., a company that has installed Linux in businesses of all sizes. "While Linux has become more accepted in the business environment, many still view it as geekware. Those companies look at Microsoft the way companies used to look at IBM — as the safe choice."

He points out that Linux has improved in many areas during the past few years. First and foremost, he says, in performance and reliability. "It usually just works, something a small business appreciates," says Nickolett.

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