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Is Ubuntu the Linux OS for Law Firms?

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To Vista or not to Vista; is that really the question? With Microsoft's long-awaited operating-system upgrade, well ... upon us ... it might be time to consider alternatives.

Maybe it's time to consider Linux -- or rather a Linux. There are more than a few flavors of this Unix-like open-source operating system in circulation these days (about 300, by one count). One of the commercially backed Linux distributions, Ubuntu, has become something of a darling of the OSS crowd, and it's well worth a look. There's a lot to like in the latest version of Ubuntu -- and a few things to watch out for from an enterprise perspective.

Ubuntu 7.04, previously code-named "Feisty Fawn," was released in April. This is a Linux distribution based on Debian Linux. (A distribution or "distro" is the operating system plus assorted software.) It's available in both desktop and server editions, as well as a few specialized editions. Kubuntu, for example, is a combination of Ubuntu and the KDE environment; Edubuntu is designed for use in classrooms. (No Lawbuntu yet, but who knows?)

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