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kevin11951
February 10th, 2009, 02:55 AM
My father and I are starting a business soon, and I want him to use Ubuntu on his desktops, an servers. All he needs is basic stuff (office, browser, email, etc...) but he just dosent trust Linux, and he has never heard of it before.

Can you please help my find reasons, and case studies that hold up the idea that linux is viable for the business desktop? :)

Also, any good financial software, perhaps a clone of quicken (thats what he uses now)

-Kevin

Grant A.
February 10th, 2009, 03:00 AM
Companies:

Google, Inc.
Cisco, Inc.
RedHat, Inc.
Novell, Inc.
International Business Machines, Inc. (IBM)
Canonical Ltd.
Hewlett-Packard, Inc.

1/2 of the Fortune 500 companies, and more.

Countries:

China
Russia
Germany
United States (The Department of Defense, and the National Security Agency, respectively)


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Believe it or not, SourceForce, Inc. does not use Linux servers. I remember seeing a Windows advert about it while downloading some of Wesnoth's source.

LookTJ
February 10th, 2009, 03:28 AM
Believe it or not, SourceForce, Inc. does not use Linux servers. I remember seeing a Windows advert about it while downloading some of Wesnoth's source.

Can Windows run lighttpd? Or is just *nix?

kevin11951
February 10th, 2009, 03:33 AM
Can Windows run lighttpd? Or is just *nix?

I don't know, but this does: http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=sourceforge.net

ebe326
February 10th, 2009, 03:42 AM
New York Stock Exchange (http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/linux/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=207800195)

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (http://whitepapers.silicon.com/0,39024759,60138120p,00.htm?tag=mncol;txt)

NASA (http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7570)

These aren't business desktop examples, but they do say something about Linux as a reliable and legitimate OS.

As for accounting software, take a look at GNUCash (http://www.gnucash.org/)

unplugged23
February 10th, 2009, 05:00 AM
isn't it funny how all these major icon companies use linux in some way or another, yet most of the population is blinded by windows?

feign
February 10th, 2009, 05:05 AM
I would look at it analytically. Ask him to come up with a list of requirements (database needs, data storage). For example, if you were going into retail you would need a Point of Sale system.

Once you have those you could take a systematic approach and show him Linux will meet his needs best. Be prepared to make some compromises, maybe run Virtualbox, etc.

Edit: Do a search on CnnMoney for Linux, I think you will find some decent news articles to help your case. You may want to check Bloomberg too.

Sorivenul
February 10th, 2009, 05:10 AM
As for accounting software, take a look at GNUCash (http://www.gnucash.org/)
GNUCash gets my vote as well. My wife previously used Quicken and became familiar with GNUCash very easily after her recent switch to Ubuntu.

kevin11951
February 10th, 2009, 03:56 PM
Be prepared to make some compromises, maybe run Virtualbox, etc.

I have actually been planning to use virtual box with windows xp for the business...

kevin11951
February 10th, 2009, 03:57 PM
isn't it funny how all these major icon companies use linux in some way or another, yet most of the population is blinded by windows?

but icon companies have ~30 person IT staff, normal people dont.

Roasted
February 10th, 2009, 04:12 PM
I read recently exactly 50% of Google staff uses Linux religiously.