Small businesses still resist open source

Is it inertia, can that inertia be broken, or is there another reason we don't give Linux a chance?

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Yet-another small business Linux box crossed my eyes this morning.

Net Integration Technologies (right) of Markham, Ontario calls its Nitix system autonomic, meaning it's not only as easy to use and cheaper than a Windows solution (as little as $2,000 for 25 users), but a quicker set-up as well.

Yet Nitix is not taking a big bite out of Windows, and it's unlikely that it will.

There are many possible theories.

  • Small businesses want to make sure they can run custom applications requiring Windows.
  • Small businesses fear training their own people on Linux boxes.
  • Windows marketing reinforces these fears.

Are these fears real? I do know that inertia keeps me from making more use of Linux than I do. Distribution channels for open source systems are thin, and the assumption is help will be hard to come by.

So I want to throw this open to our small business readers, especially those who continue to use Windows in their operations. Is it inertia, can that inertia be broken, or is there another reason we don't give Linux a chance?

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