Agencies count open source among desktop PC alternatives

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It didn’t take long after the desktop PC earned a regular seat at the enterprise technology table in the early 1990s for agency managers to realize that PCs can be a real drag. Buying, managing, backing up, fixing and securing PCs are expensive, time-consuming tasks that spawn a seemingly never-ending ordeal.

The problem must be tougher than they thought because they’re still trying to fix it. Here is a rundown of what has been working, what hasn’t and what might work in the future.

What’s the plan?

Fix #1: Desktop Outsourcing

Desktop outsourcing, also known as seat management, has been around since the late 1990s. ...

Fix #2: The Open-Source Desktop PC

Linux on desktop PCs offers the same cost savings potential as it does on server platforms: no upfront licensing costs. Novell's SUSE Linux, Red Hat and, most recently, Canonical's Ubuntu all have operating system distributions available via GSA Advantage.

Security is another bonus. ...

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