[LINK] IBM readies Microsoft-free desktop
sylvano at gnomon.com.au
Fri Dec 5 10:59:30 EST 2008
My old boss will be most pleased to see the dumb terminal making a come back!
"So, what about those costs? How much cheaper is a Linux desktop?
According to IBM, up to $1276, not including IT services. The company
claims that customers can save up to $800 in software licensing cost
(Windows, Office), up to $258 in hardware upgrade cost necessary to
support Windows Vista and Office 2007, up to $145 per user and year in
reduced power requirements and up to $73 per user per year from reduced
air conditioning requirements (since users could run lower-power PCs with
this Linux platform). IBM said that IT services per desktop may sink by
90%, security/user administration by 75%, help desk services by 50% and
software installations by 50%."
On Fri, December 5, 2008 10:39 am, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> I'm not sure about the "does not require any desktop hardware" claim.
> I doubt that IBM would say anything as silly.
> IBM readies Microsoft-free desktop
> By David Neal
> 5 December 2008 12:48AM
> IBM has created a Microsoft-free virtual desktop, offering a set of
> applications that does not require any desktop hardware, according to
> An article in The Wall Street Journal claims that the firm has developed
> a virtual desktop system that runs in a virtual environment on servers
> in the back office. It is based on Ubuntu Linux and includes a suite of
> office applications and collaboration tools based on IBM's Lotus
> software products.
> The paper quotes IBM figures for the Virtual Linux Desktop as costing
> US$59 to US$289 per user, which IBM believes will have a significant
> influence on sales.
> "Deploying your technology this way is going to save you something more
> than 50 per cent of your total costs," Jeff Smith, IBM's vice president
> for open source and Linux, told The Wall Street Journal.
> "As customers face an increasingly challenging economic situation, they
> are looking at everything they are spending money on."
> According to the article, the Virtual Linux Desktop is available now.
> Bernard Robertson-Dunn
> Canberra Australia
> brd at iimetro.com.au
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