Putting Together A Linux Office

With increasing chatter about whether 2007 will be the “Year of the Linux Desktop,” you hear considerably less about whether it’s time for the Linux Office. But business desktops aren’t just islands unto themselves. In a networked world, the desktop is just a piece of the office puzzle. There are also servers, printers, faxes and productivity applications. For this Solutions That Work, the CRN Test Center put together a small-business Linux and open-source office environment and spoke to solution providers who have been examining Linux office solutions on the frontlines. The verdict: Microsoft has a lot to worry about down the road, but in 2007, Linux is still lacking the driver support, ease of use and interoperability with mainstream, legacy software to make office migration pain-free.

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