linux-biz mailinglist Introduction

Linux Business is a low to occasionally medium volume mailinglist about the use of Linux in a business environment.    It is not an accident that the fucus of the list is not entirely clear.    Several new mailing-lists have been born from discussions here at

We don't want a lot of noise, but have long periods of silence and intense periods when we debate some subject.    Most of us have some small business in the Linux area, some bigger some smaller.

You are welcome to listen in, and if you believe you can contribute you are welcome to do so.    But please do some research in the archives first!

If you feel there should be something more said here, please send the text or the comments you had in mind to Leif Erlingsson  <> .

Here is the original announcement text -- on making Linux a viable business-computing OS

30 Oct 1996 10:28:35 GMT the creation of was first announced at comp.os.linux.announce like so:

Questions this lists intend to deal with or has dealt with include...

    *	How does one insure the maintenance, longevity,
	widespread support, and continued enhancements of
	the product?

    *	What is effective business computing ?
	And how might you go about it ?

    *	Allen Francom  says...

	Let me start by saying, business solutions are most
	effective when, rather than buying something off the
	shelf, you look at the requirements, immediate, and
	long term, and then design and implement the appropriate 
	solution.  (See where that gets us...)

	And for example, I am aware of many businesses that have
	nothing but dumb terminals and generic text printers, and
	they are quite profitable and successful.  (Because they
	don't need Windows ?, Because they don't have Windows ?,
	Because they designed the right solution to their exact 
	problem ? )

    *	Mark Hamstra  says...

	This is one of the most significant underappreciated
	facts of business computing: A solution that does just
	what you want and nothing more (with the exception of
	providing a flexible future expansion path) is often a
	much more productive and affordable solution than a 'more
	powerful/state-of-the-art' solution.

	... the biggest problem with complete Windows-based PCs
	on every desktop is the mind boggling support and
	administrative costs associated with this setup.
	If you can get the job done with dumb terminals and a
	couple of centralized servers, then by all means do so:
	you'll save enormous amounts of time and money over the
	long haul.

	Similarly, if you can get the job done with X terminals
	or PCs converted to Linux-based X terminals, do it: not
	only will you save money on initial hardware and software
	purchase costs, but you will also save long term on
	administrative costs, see potentially better performance
	than the 'Windows on every desktop' approach, and have
	much better options for future expansions as your needs

	Many of the same issues that are driving the push toward
	simple Network Computers at the personal level also apply
	to business computing.	Stated quite simply and bluntly:
	Windows PCs on everydesktop is not an optimal solution.

    *	Alan Shutko  says...

	This may be the strongest point in favor of free (ie,
	source available) software.  You _cannot_ ensure that a
	company will continue to maintain, support, etc software.
	Many people have been stuck when a company ceased to
	support software which they depend on.

	On the other hand if you have source, you can maintain it
	yourself or pay someone else to do so (ie, Cygnus).  It
	then ceases to be "no-cost" software, but it is still
	free in terms of licensing and source.

This list was born off the RedHat list, but is *not* confined to any
particular flavor of Linux.

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  • M-TECH: Linux business applications.
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