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Dec 4 2008   6:54PM GMT

Did you see this? – IBM creates Microsoft-free linux virtual desktop

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

Many IT trade publications are reporting that IBM is launching alternative to Microsoft-centric software and the bloated hardware required by recent operating system releases.

The Virtual Linux Desktop ranges in price from $59 to $289 per user, depending on level of software and service desired, according to the report. IBM estimates that the software package could save corporate customers up to $800 per user, when compared with the cost of maintaining Microsoft’s Vista operating system, Office suite, and collaboration tools, the newspaper said.

For more information see:

Wall Street Journal -IBM Creates ‘Microsoft-Free’ Desktop: Applications for Thin Clients Would Operate From Back-Office Server

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What do you think? Can Big Blue pull it off?

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