As someone who didn’t really, ahem, “bond” with my statistics classes and content, I really don’t pay as close attention to all the “30% of Windows Users think Linux is a brand of china” proclamations that stream out of the major technology media.  I rely on the number of people who ask my help in the various professional and personal areas of my life, either in picking a good system that’s Linux-ready, how to move their email inboxes to Linux or just how to get those diseased and virus-ridden beasts out of the house so they can get some work done.

I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, based on my own style of determining trends, the number of people who want to dump Windows and go Linux, (“any brand, just get me something that works day to day”, of course I recommend SUSE) is increasing by a noticeable percentage.

I found a great article to help with all of this, perhaps I should print it out and hand it without ceremony to anyone approaching me with a “I’ve just had my LAST BSOD” gleam in their eye, it might save a lot of time.

Enjoy Serdar’s article “Three Steps to a Full Windows to Linux Migration“.



A Vancouver B.C. law firm has overruled Microsoft Windows’ objection to being replaced with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10. The firm’s IT manager, Richard Giroux says that level of downtime he’s seen in other firms is:

“Simply unacceptable.”

After testing a number of competitive desktop Linux distributions, Giroux chose SLED 10, citing it’s speed and included applications as a deciding factor in SUSE’s favor. To handle a number of problem or non-cross-platform applications the firm uses Citrix clients running on SLED, including it’s dictation and audio functions, along with Microsoft Office suite and other applications that primarily run on Microsoft Windows.

“Having an open environment with Linux gives us the opportunity to select from thousands of high-quality open source programs,”

One of the other features about SLED that Giroux likes is the subscription model, as it’s not categorized as a capital outlay expense, rather it’s an operational expense. The flat subscription costs are much more predictable for budgeting and the inclusion of many standard applications in SLED is an added plus.

“By nature, open source software has to integrate well with other applications, so we can implement them easily and cost-effectively. One application for transcription playback has already saved us thousands of dollars.”

As a final shot across Microsoft’s bows, Giroux cites his ability to do the entire office upgrade in a single weekend and the (conservative estimate) 20% maintenance savings effective immediately.

Read more about Whitelaw-Twining’s summary judgement in favor of Open Platform Solutions in the Novell Customer Showcase.



It’s maddening sometimes to find out that you could move an organization from Windows to Linux on the Desktop, but there are a couple of applications that you can’t find any replacement for. There is another place you can look, it’s called the Linux App Finder.

Take a few minutes to peruse the categories, and try the search dialog, taking care to use the name of the app you are trying to replace, or it’s competitors.

Another place for searching for app replacement is the awesome Freshmeat repository, which has been a favorite of mine for years.

UPDATE: How cool, I found a great site where you can discover all the Open Source Windows alternatives for all who have to wring every second of value out of those old Windows PC’s.

In a move that points to a more Open-Source friendly path, Microsoft’s Jeff Raikes proclaimed: “If they’re going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else,” at a Morgan Stanley conference held recently in San Francisco.

As a method of explaining this comment, he explained that a reasonable amount of piracy can actually lead those people stealing the software to convert to for-pay versions in the future, either to get new features, or from a sense of, I guess, guilt.

“We understand that in the long run the fundamental asset is the installed base of people who are using our products,” Raikes said. “What you hope to do over time is convert them to licensing the software.”

Personally I think it’s much easier to keep out of trouble by preferring and using Open Source alternatives, and we’re working hard on making those alternatives available to as many people as possible.  See my recent posting about Open Source Application Alternatives for more information.

Article Link 1 and Link 2

Another win for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10!

From the article: “Windsor, Calif. School District IT administrator Heather Carver is migrating most of the district’s 70 servers and most of its 5,000 desktop machines from a mostly-Windows environment that is quickly becoming obsolete to a new mixed environment that includes PCs running SUSE Linux, Wyse Linux thin-client terminals, and a smattering of Mac and Windows machines.”

Link to article. 

The Bexley City Schools couldn’t afford to upgrade to Windows XP from Windows ME, so they chose SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop instead, dropping the costs from almost $500,000 to about $150,000. You can read the article here, and then check out the Novell Case Study that was done, very helpful in understanding the use of OSS in education.

In what can only be described as a ground-breaking announcement, Novell and Intel announced Monday that they have released the needed drivers to let Windows 2000/XP/2003 run unmodified under Xen virtualization.  This is particularly good news for our customers who wanted to virtualize Windows 2000 servers but worried that they wouldn’t get the performance they wanted or that the changes that had to be made to the OS would break the functionality.

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