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In these trying economic times will Linux be the answer

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I was told today that if I’m lucky my budget will only be cut by 10%. Being that I work for State government you would think that I would be more worried than I am. You know that urban myth that you’ve all heard, if you don’t spend all the money you have budgeted (in the government) then you will lose that money. Guess what? That’s no myth. The fact is that getting money to run your state organization is down right nasty, and when you get told you’re getting your budget cut, most people start to panic. Especially in expensive to run departments like Information technology.

Then why do I think this is a great opportunity for me? I’ve been trying to introduce Open Source software into my department for years and in the last few months I’ve made huge strides into making that a reality.

No budgets means no new hardware, for those of us moving towards Linux on the desktop, and the server, new faster top of the line hardware is not near as critical as it is for Windows users.

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