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Would you buy a Microsoft-less desktop?


IBM, in partnership with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu; Red Hat; and Novell are hoping that the answer is yes.

For me, that’s a no-brainer. Windows has long been more trouble than its worth. Since Microsoft seems to be seriously considering dumping Windows, it seems they agree with me. So, IBM and Linux friends are suggesting that you stop messing with Windows and go with a business desktop based on one of the three major Linux distributions and an IBM/Lotus software stack instead.

The plan is to put the Lotus Notes client, Sametime IM client and the OpenOffice-based Symphony office suite on top of your choice of Red Hat desktop Linux, Ubuntu Linux or Novell’s SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop). At the same time, on the server side, all three distributions will be offering pre-installs of the Domino Notes Server 8.5 and other IBM server software on their Linux server offerings.

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