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Linux vs. Windows: Should Your Office Make the Switch?

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Admit it: You’ve always wondered about Linux — that “other” operating system. Is it really comparable to Windows? Could you run your business on it? Would switching save you money?

Recently, I decided to find out. After the failure of my HP desktop (which had a surprising outcome), I pulled out an old Acer laptop to use as an interim workstation. It had an expired Windows 7 beta installed, so I decided to wipe the drive and install Ubuntu 11.04 — arguably the single most popular version of the Linux operating system.

For the past three weeks, I’ve been using that Ubuntu-powered Acer almost exclusively — and the results have been surprising, to say the least. Allow me to share a few notes from my experience:

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