Desktop-Linux Can Shape Enterprise Cost

by Prabhu Ram    Apr 17, 2009

Sidelined as OS only for Linux enthusiasts, Desktop-Linux today seems to find more compelling reason into enterprises.

Speaking to CXOtoday, Prakash Advani, partner manager at Ubuntu, said, "Unlike other Linux distros more focused on server development, Ubuntu has focused on the desktop OS."

"A significant amount of money and effort in Ubuntu is focused towards making the UI friendly and similar to Windows navigation style to benefit first-times users of Linux," Advani said. IT departments should step forward and give its employees an opportunity to experiment desktop-Linux and evaluate employees’ comfort level. Savings will be significant as it cuts cost spend (licensing costs) on each employee, he said.

For enterprises interested in commercial support, Advani said that unlike proprietary software support, Ubuntu offers support services in a non-subscription model. "In the subscription model, enterprises are forced to upgrade their OS and applications to continue to avail support, and hence there is an undercurrent of forced cost to buy  new releases, along with the cost associated for its training."

As regards driver support for hardware such as printers and other enterprises applications, Advani said Ubuntu has the highest support for desktop hardware applications among others. "One of our dynamic activity is to meet OEM, work closely with them and help spread Ubuntu as the pre-installed desktop-Linux," he said.
As enterprises are actively moving their business into remote cloud model, only standard interfaces are required on the desktop to access the data in the cloud. This can potentially open a window (pun not intended) for the IT department to train its employees in free software such as Linux, with the double benefit of adding expertise to its employees and slaying unnecessary IT investments. 

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