Geoffrey S. Perlman

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Linux is gaining ground in the enterprise. It began on the server, but more and more Linux is being tested and deployed on the desktop. Linux solutions for typical business productivity applications, including Evolution, Mozilla, and OpenOffice, are available and included with most Linux distributions. This availability of cost-effective hardware, reliable Linux distributions, and general-purpose business productivity applications is helping to drive Linux to the desktop, that is, except in situations where enterprise applications are custom-developed in Visual Basic, and currently run only on Windows. Because enterprises generally don't migrate all of their systems to Linux at once, companies should seek solutions that port Visual Basic applications to Linux and continue to support Windows as well. They should also enable their developers to use a familiar developm... (more)