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Open Source - Is it a Valid Direction for You?

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Open Source software provided by communities of interest—generally through no- or low-cost licensing systems like the General Public License—has been much talked about lately. There is a perception that Open Source products like the Linux operating system are rapidly replacing their paid-for commercial counterparts like Microsoft Windows.

Linux is a proven operating system for computer servers. With other Open Source products, a computing platform for supporting many business requirements can be easily constructed. Although it is early days for most smaller organisations, many larger organisations are already running Open Source web servers or databases. However, at the desktop, Open Source has gained less traction. Our research indicates a number of reasons for reticence, especially among smaller businesses, and these need to be taken into account before making any commitment to Open Source.

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Most people that use Microsoft Office would have any easy time with Actually the measure that they actually know how to use the program rather than push this one button which will change from version to version of Office is that they can use another office suite like Also many people who use free software prefer Koffice because looks and works so similarly to Microsoft Office without the bugs. Also to see how people switch to the Mac and have an easier time than with Windows and there is much more difference between Mac OS X and Windows than between Windows and KDE in the interface (except that KDE organization and design is much more logical).

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