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Linux servers, Windows XP desktops: a happy marriage?

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The IT folks love Linux. The users know, and therefore love, Windows. Sound like a war? For Wade Stankich, it's more like a happy marriage.

He and his team have built an infrastructure that gives everyone their favorite operating system. At his company, he's running Ubuntu 9.1x on nearly all of the company's 20-odd servers and Windows XP on the desktops of roughly 80 clients (although the IT folks use Linux desktops, too). Everybody's happy, especially the company's CFO. And his comfort level with open source -- free and commercially supported -- is so high, that a few years ago he even yanked out a Call Manager blade server and replaced it with open source Asterisk.

Stankich, IT Manager for Astro Shapes in Struthers, OH, is something of a trailblazer. Back in 2005 he had already removed Windows from the servers and was using Linux, mostly Gentoo and some Fedora.

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