[quote author=DeadBird link=board=12;threadid=10306;start=30#msg95194 date=1121966405]
Fourth, I didnīt mean to pollute this thread or sound so aggressive. The original question posed by this thread was from someone questioning whether he should make the switch. All of the comments posted seemed way too positive, as though it is a relatively easy thing to adopt Linux as a primary operating system. I had the same understanding two years ago when I considered making this same switch, and Linux forums I investigated at the time gave me the same impression. But I suspect now that none of the posters were small businessmen who had only limited programming and hardware understanding, as I do. (When I said I had helped pay my way through medical school writing programs, that was true - but that was in dBase II and MS-DOS batch files!).
Someone contemplating a switch to Linux within a business environment needs to be prepared for a battle royal. That doesnīt mean one shouldnīt try it; just be prepared, and understand how difficult and expensive this can be.
We have about 200 employees in 13 offices, and all of our LAN is run with GNU/Linux. In addition, we use SuSE OpenExchange Server for company email. Most employees use Windows XP or 2000 for workstations, though there's a few using GNU/Linux at least part time, and some MacOS X users in the publications group. We have two full time IT people, who spend most of their time un-hoarking Windows problems. We simple do not experience problems with our servers.
I can site numerous other examples of companies besides my own, at all levels of complexity who use GNU/Linux daily. It works.