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Tip jar: Open-source advice abounds at LinuxWorld

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Still looking for ideas about bringing some Linux and other open-source applications to your company?

Here at this week's LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit, experts have been advising attendees on what to look for and how to evaluate choices, and offering their real-world experiences with deploying open-source software inside their own operations.

Evaluate open-source just as you would any other software

As open-source software has moved away from the margins and into the hearts of corporate data centers -- and corporate IT thinking -- in recent years, it has systematically gained new converts and interest. That doesn't mean one size fits all, or even that open-source solutions are a fix for all existing IT problems, incompatibilities and shortcomings. Instead, open-source applications should be seen as one part of a company's overall IT portfolio.

Make the transition easy for users and your IT staff; explain your road map

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