Two small/medium-sized businesses in Kenya have evolved to use FLOSS extensively, saving money and having fewer headaches:
“Does open source have a place in the enterprise outside experimenters? find out how Radio Africa group is running almost entirely on open source and how Madison insurance has blended in the open "sauce’ to derive the best benefits of both worlds.”
see allAfrica.com: Kenya: Open Source
The story goes into the various choices available for infrastructure and production. Some users still use Macs for video-editing. Perhaps LightWorks‘ imminent release for GNU/Linux will change that.
Here’s a nugget.
“An average Dell laptop with Windows 7 costs KSh. 72,000 due to licensing. The same laptop supplied without an OS or with Ubuntu costs between KSh. 59,000 and KSh, 61,000. Every machine bought thus saves the company KSh. 10,000 to KSh. 15,000 due to licenses.
Further reductions in costs come from elimination of antivirus licenses. “Previous, I had an antivirus for every single machine on Windows. Here, I am bringing a system that is maybe prone to malware, but not prone to viruses,
Okech says managing the machines on Ubuntu from a central location is much easier. He is able to push security updates and patches, restore systems much more easier than he finds it under Windows. This he says he couldn’t manage with Windows and that the remaining Windows machines also need to be managed individually due to stuff such as antivirus updates. This he does using an OpenLDAP which provides authentication and policies for all workstations.” That’s exactly my experience with GNU/Linux versus XP/”7″ in schools. Could there be a fundamental truth that FLOSS is the right way to do IT if you care about price/performance? Clearly some people are able to buy Dells with GNU/Linux despite what the trolls tell us. These companies have hundreds of employees using GNU/Linux.
I recommend Debian GNU/Linux instead of Ubuntu GNU/Linux because Debian does not make random choices in UI for you but leaves every option open.