[linux-elitists] Case Studies, Cost Analysis

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Sat Jun 15 19:56:14 PDT 2002

on Fri, Jun 14, 2002, Jeff Waugh (jdub@perkypants.org) wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been naughty, not collecting links about Free Software case studies in
> corporate environments, or cost analysis of large rollouts.
> I'm now speccing a setup for a trusted, widely known business in Australia,
> which consists of 500 desktops, three locations, and the server support for
> all. Exciting. :-) They're very interested in contributing back their
> findings and work, too. Very enlightened.
> Has anyone been filing these away for reference?

Desktop, server, embedded, or dedicated appliance?   Rather different
stories.  The latter three are well accepted, GNU/Linux is a major, if
not *the* major, player.  Desktop's lagging, but the inertial resistance
is huge.  Cracks are showing.  Certainly there are many techies who are
100% Microsoft free, and a growing number of non-techies to boot.


Burlington Coat Factory; City of Largo, FL; numerous educational
implementations (see SEUL-edu); NASA; FermiLab, come to mind.  Likewise
TiVo, the Zaurus. 

"Ernie Ball's Breaking All The Rules" is an interesting story, more so
because the GNU/Linux angle is really just an incidental aspect:


...which is what it should be.  OS choice shouldn't be a big deal.

From the Google search above and other sources:


I might add that Google itself is a success story.


Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>        http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
 What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
    Microsoft offers them the one thing most business people will pay
    any price for - the ability to say "we had no choice - everyone's
    doing it that way."
     -- Andrew Grygus  http://www.aaxnet.com/
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