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Ubuntu 13 challenges Windows 8

Maria Korolov | July 2, 2013
Ubuntu is becoming a viable desktop replacement for Windows in certain enterprise scenarios.

And after a couple of weeks of use, however, I've learned to deal with the placement of the window close icons and the disappearing application menu bars. And I found that I was able to work on the Ubuntu machine with only a couple of minor difficulties.

Those difficulties were those pesky disappearing file menus and windows close buttons, and the lack of some critical software.

I use Filemaker, for example, which is not available for Linux, so I was not able to modify the database structure or layouts. But since we run Filemaker through a hosting company, I could still access the database itself and do regular work in it via a browser.

Bottom line? Switching a Windows user to Ubuntu is not much of a difference than switching to, say, Windows 8, as long as LibreOffice meets their needs, and all the other applications they use are either available for Linux, or accessible via a browser.

As more and more enterprise applications are migrated to a Web-based delivery model, or are replaced by cloud-based solutions, migrating to Linux might become feasible for more companies.


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