This was on Network World this morning, but I'm not completely agreeing with some of the 'facts' in the article from the consultants the author interviews.

It quotes Michael Silver who says You have to switch to the new version of Linux every year which is just not true.

Ubuntu releases LTS versions every two years and starting with 12.04 (released last week) it has 5 years of support. So no you do not have to reinstall Linux every year, though I'd say every 3-4 years is probably reasonable which isn't too dissimilar from Windows.

The article also quotes Patrick Gray who says While Linux is free, the cost of a large company to train users, and support these applications, will likely offset the software licensing expense [of Windows].

This argument often gets thrown around, but it's just not true. Both KDE and Gnome along with most windows managers can be setup (or are setup by default) to have the menu bar on the bottom, the Application (faux Start Menu) on the bottom left, clock on the bottom right, running apps listed along the bottom, etc, plus each window has the Close, Maximize, and Minimize buttons on the upper Right. This is just like Windows and requires no retraining. If anything going between different versions of Windows or MS Office will require huge amounts of training, more so than going from Windows to Linux, so this statement that the cost of training offsets the savings is just not true. Maybe 10 years ago it was, but not today.

But the article isn't all blah, it mentions Chester County Cat Hospital which rolled out Linux and they love it.
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