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Why should I choose to use Linux in my business?
Read up on the features and benfits of Linux
Do I have to hate Microsoft to like Linux?
No, but it helps. Many of the people who come to Linux do so because they are frustrated and annoyed with Microsoft.
Where do I go to buy Software for Linux?
[Linux Applications]?
What is Linux's market share?
This is a very difficult assesment to make, below are some references.

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"Linux will pose a significant threat to Microsoft for market share among server operating systems over the next few years, according to new research released today."

Linux growth underscores threat to Microsoft
"Microsoft still holds the lion's share of the server operating system market, but Linux shipments grew slightly faster than Windows did last year, according to a new report."
Linux market share leaps by 212%
"Market share for the Linux operating system surged by 212 percent in 1998, a growth rate that outpaced Windows NT, NetWare?, Unix, and all others in the server market, according to a new study.*

Netcraft doesn't break down their analysis by OS, however Apache, the webserver supplied with most Linux distributions holds about 60.8% market share, with Microsoft running a distant second at 28.69%. It should be stated that Apache is available for Microsoft OSs?, also, and Apache runs cross platform on nearly all *nix platforms."

Study: Linux headed for high end, too
"Linux will be successful not only in lower-end servers, but also in higher-powered machines at the heart of corporate computing, a new study concludes."
Linux coming to cell phones
Among the big names backing Linux for mobile phones are chipmaker Texas Instruments and device maker NEC, representatives from the two companies confirmed Friday.
Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!
"This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. This paper's goal is to show that you should consider using OSS/FS when acquiring software. This paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and total cost of ownership. It also has sections on non-quantitative issues, unnecessary fears, usage reports, other sites providing related information, and ends with some conclusions. An appendix gives more background information about OSS/FS. You can view this paper at (HTML format). Palm PDA users can view it in Plucker format (you will also need Plucker to read it). A short briefing based on this paper is also available in PDF and Open Office Impress formats (for the latter, use Open Office Impress). Old archived copies and a list of changes are also available."
How does Linux's reliability compare to Windows?
YMMV. In the mid 90's, Linux was very stable and MSWindows? was not. Linux has concentrated on adding features, while Microsoft has, reportedly, done much better with making their operating systems stable.

DISA finds widespread open-source use in DoD While not specific to Linux, this article refers to software that is commonly run on Linux.

"A Defense Information Systems Agency report has found that the military is bypassing commercial proprietary software in favor open-source software more than it previously assumed."

"Use of Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) in the U.S. Department of Defense," released Oct. 28 by Mitre Corp., Bedford, Mass., identified more than 115 open-source programs being used in 251 tasks. Results were compiled from e-mail surveys.

How do Linux and Windows NT measure up in real life?
"The rapid rise of Linux and its growing implementation in a corporate context has spurred many a comparison in the past few months, up to and including attempts to benchmark both operating systems. Still, in the end it's the everyday use that will decide which OS is the most suitable one, and that is why Bloor Research ( has spent the past year comparing two systems, each running one of the operating systems. General conclusion of their white paper: the overall winner is Linux, although in a number of cases the difference with NT is very small."
Linux Versus NT
"To dig up some practical information, I hunted down the people in charge of technology at the most successful Web sites running on NT or Linux. I asked them to explain what works for them and what issues aspiring Web moguls should consider for their own setups. In the following pages, the CTOs? and VPs? of technology from eBay, Salon, Slashdot, Lycos, Ask Jeeves,,, go2net, Angelfire, and of course, our own HotBot? relate their experiences. If it's still too confusing, take the simple test at the end of the article to see which OS is right for you."
Besides Oracle are there any "Open Source" ACID compliant databases?
Lan Barnes says: Oracle has always dismissed Postgres by saying it's small time, untested, not for mission critical tasks. Some black eye for them when Afilias, which manages .org for [ICANN]?, selected Postgres over them.

PostgreSQL affiliates .ORG domain

Where in San Diego can I buy a Linux boxed set?
SD Technical Books and Fry's, at least.
What books can you recommend for learning Linux?
Check out the BookList.
Where can I take Linux classes in San Diego?
HTEC has offered a couple of Linux-based classes in the past. Call 'em up and express interest in Linux, and perhaps they'll do more."

SDSU Extension has a UNIX certificate program.

Vortex Data] also has a few classes

Will my FOO video card work with Linux?
Usually you're really wanting to know if your video card will work with X, the graphical interface for Linux and other *nix. The best source for finding compatibility is the Driver Status for XFree86 web page.

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