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Act Smart: More Your Small Business From Windows To Linux

If the cost of Windows eating us your small business budget, make a wise business decision and move to Linux. From the PC World article:

Windows Vista debuted to muffled applause, followed by lackluster sales. Up until June 30, cash-strapped businesses looking to avoid the cost of upgrading to new Vista-compatible hardware could still purchase trusty Windows XP. Now, however, Windows XP is available only as a costly "downgrade" from Windows Vista--if you buy a copy of Vista, you can install the 6-year-old XP operating system using the Vista license.

If that feels like a waste of your small business's precious IT budget, and you're still looking for an alternative to Windows Vista, look no further than Linux.

=> Move Your Business from Windows to Linux

Novell claims that US$100 million in business through its Microsoft deal

I am not sure if this is PR stuff or real news. Microsoft is giving out vouchers to its customer for Novell Linux.

Novell's Linux business has soared 243 percent since last November when the company signed its controversial deal with Microsoft. Steinman said part of its growth was directly related to the Microsoft deal, adding that Novell has billed more than US$100 million in business through its Microsoft relationship. He added that the growth was also due to the halo effect of the arrangement. When we're out there competing with Red Hat, [our salespeople] are saying, 'Our Linux is recommended by Microsoft,' and customers that already have a Windows investment say it seems to make sense to pick the Linux that works with Windows."

I am wondering why Microsoft is helping out Linux?