Trio of Linux companies make Linux desktop compelling
Calgary, Alberta (August 3, 2005) - The three most common objections to moving to desktop Linux are: debatable TCO savings, a painful process to move data and settings, and the inability to run key Windows applications. A trio of desktop Linux companies have teamed up to provide a complete pathway to migrate enterprises to desktop Linux, a feat no single company has yet matched. These companies' solutions enable organizations large and small to cost-effectively leverage the Linux desktop and make it attractive and easy to move to the flexible and open desktop platform. Solutions from two of these companies are finalists in the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards.
"A Linux PC on its own might not be more cost-effective than a Windows PC, but on a Linux PC with Desktop Multiplier, the savings are real and multiplied ten-fold," says Tim Griffin, President of Userful. "Deploying the same number of desktops using fewer PCs with Desktop Multiplier indisputably reduces hardware and IT support costs by reducing the number of computers to be supported. Our solution reduces the number of PCs and TCO and also lets organizations use legacy data and applications."
Alacos' award-winning Desktop Migration Agent software enables organizations to easily transfer settings and application data from Windows desktops to Linux to minimize employee downtime during migrations.
"IT professionals from companies of all sizes tell us that migrating users to desktop Linux is an increasingly important need in the enterprise. It was clear from the discussion at LinuxWorld Boston that companies see the cost and support advantages of Linux, but are hesitant to move because they fear the uncertainty of a wholesale migration to Linux," says Glenn Thomas, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing for Alacos. "Our Desktop Migration Agent Professional enables IT departments to centrally manage desktop migration and to be in complete control over the migration process."
Win4Lin offers a versatile solution to seamlessly use Windows applications in Linux desktop environments. These environments include Userful's Desktop Multiplier, Desktop Server and DiscoverStation. With Win4Lin products, organizations can continue to use Windows-based mission-critical software during their migration to Linux.
"Companies eager to move to Linux desktops are often constrained the need to maintain legacy Windows applications which none-the-less still do the job. There's a reasonable reluctance to abandon those applications in which they've invested significant time and financial resources," says Mark Hinkle, Win4Lin's Vice-President of Business Development. "Win4Lin tackles that hurdle by giving organizations a way to continue using their legacy Windows applications while still benefiting from Linux on the desktop and strong central workstation management."
The three companies will immediately start offering their combined solutions through both retail and partner channels to cooperatively deliver complete migration paths to meet a wide range of scenarios. They will demonstrate combined and individual solutions at LinuxWorld San Francisco 2005 Exhibit Hall Booth #138 from August 9-11.
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