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Linux Cost Savings Add Up - page 2

Right Up Front: The License Savings

  • October 6, 2003
  • By Allen Bernard

In addition, viruses, currently the bane of Internet-connected enterprises worldwide, are no longer a problem for Whitmore. This saves time and, therefore, money.

Chris Miller, CEO of Mountain View Data, a Linux management framework vendor, agrees. Virus immunity coupled with the greater stability of Linux over Windows, for example, and this can add up to a lot of soft-cost savings.

"Every time you have to go out and wipe viruses off a desktop, every time you have to recreate data that was lost because of system malfunction, you're talking about downtime for the worker and lost productivity for that worker plus your talking about IT management time which is relatively expensive," he said.

These experiences are not unique, said Tim Witham, laboratory director for the Open Source Development Lab, which tests Linux in real world environments prior to the release of new versions like the upcoming general release of kernel 2.6.

"What Linux does is give business the ability to decide when they're going to do an upgrade, when they're going to roll to the next version, and what pieces their going to use," he said.

Since Linux is open source and its source code is free, it can save companies big bucks on licensing fees especially when developing new applications, said Witham. Developers can develop on Linux, which is platform-agnostic, and if the project doesn't work out, the company hasn't lost $100,000 in licensing fees, just developer's time and effort.

But, cautions Witham, if licensing revenue savings is all a company is after, then it probably should reconsider a Linux environment. In the business world, it's not for the faint of heart.

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