Step off Microsoft's Cost-Prohibitive License Treadmill to FOSS Linux
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This is a time where many CIOs are budget planning and need to make across the Enterprise hardware refreshes. Especially now, given that Microsoft has officially end of lifed the aged Windows XP.
Naturally, Microsoft licensing doesn't allow license transfer to new hardware. That's too bad. It means, if you insist on staying in the Microsoft camp that you 'cow tow' to their license terms and buy new hardware and buy ancillary licensing for software upgrades.
That has been a given for many years and Microsoft naturally while providing a service reaps the benefits of making the licensee pay for what I prefer to call 'recycled bits' of software.
CIOs are 'coerced' to refresh their hardware when XP would have been 'good enough'.
Step off of the Microsoft Licensing treadmill. That XP Desktop system may be ten years old, but it still remains a 'fact' that it is a perfectly viable piece of hardware.
It can be 'repurposed' and effectively be given a 'new lease' on life by simply installing Linux (Fedora is my recommendation) along with a vast repository of free software.
It's a 'no brainer' really. How many XP Desktops are ready for the dumpster in your organization? The CFO should be happy to learn that you are effectively zeroeing out thousands of dollars of additional expense by switching to Linux.
If you have questions about how to roll-out Linux in your organization, please do not hesitate to reach me.
Fedora Linux website:http://fedoraproject.org/
Dietrich T. Schmitz+DTS & Associates http://www.dtschmitz.com