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Initially, just some links collected from a thread on the Bltnewuser@basiclinuxPLEASENOSPAM.net list aimed at convincing a potential ISP / Cable TV provider to use Linux.

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I haven't read these

Here's the thread that recommendation came from -- looks like there are more good ones there: I need facts to prove UNIX's superiority for mainfraim purposes over M$ MF Servers; Roberto Armenteros; 06/27/2002

This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. This paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scaleability, security, and total cost of ownership. It also has sections on non-quantitative issues, unnecessary fears, and other sites providing related information, and ends with some conclusions.

From the BLT Mailing List
The next 10 links came from a thread on the BLT mailing list -- partial headers from one post in the thread (the first five links came from this post):
Subject: Re: [Bltnewuser] ISP persuasion to linux WAS: (no subject)
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 15:03:59 -0600
From: "Jason 'Bana' Knight" <tuxpenguin@austin.rr.com>

Other Unread Links
  • Introducing Linux into the Enterprise; June 10, 2002; Jeffrey McDonald --
  • Open Source Software as a new business model; masters dissertation of Bojidar Mantarov; August 1999 -- This was one of two papers recommended by Alastair Scott on expert@linux-mandrakePLEASENOSPAM.com as having some numbers to back things up.
  • Linux On Desktop; 6/26/2002; Reza Pakdel -- I've started to read, it's 20 plus pages, and starts out pretty slow -- ok, I skimmed the first five pages, at page 4 it starts to get useful -- the author describes it as not spoon feeding, but -- might be useful for some newbies (I'm not newbie enough anymore to sit through it -- in fact it might be real good for a newbie as one of the first articles to read. I'll have to try reading the whole thing, or getting a newbie to read it.

I have read these

  • Linux on the Desktop: Making it Happen, 21 May 1999, Eric W. Sink -- interesting, IIRC, but I need to read again
  • List of papers by Adam Wiggins including "Open Source on the Desktop" (two parts) and "Top 10 Things Wrong With Linux, Today" -- probably worth rereading but he is annoying in that he does not provide anyway to contact him to provide feedback -- oops, sorry about that -- there it is, big as life, on the list of links: "Contact Me". (He is apparently unaware of nedit (which has a softwrap feature (and I guess, from other posts), so do vi and emacs).)

New List

Up to now, I hadn't been categorizing these by recommended, etc., so starting now.


  • The Case for Linux in Universities; viewed 11 Oct 2002; Dan Kegel -- nice article -- long but filled with facts and figures and good points -- I think Dan intends to continue to revise it as appropriate

Recommended for Specific Purposes

  • APT vs RPM: The Comment That Flooded My Inbox; Adam Scheinberg; 2002-08-23 -- finally, someone who agrees with me ;-), that we want new Linux users, even of the clueless newbie type (he doesn't use that phrase -- he says "new, less technical users") -- goes on to describe some of the things he thinks are required to welcome those newbies like easier installation and uninstallation of applications along with consistent locations of same.
  • (rhk) Panelists consider the 'business case' for open source; InfoWorld; Stacy Cowley; October 1, 2002 -- Talks about how Merrill Lynch is working towards letting Linux fulfill at least 20% of its desktop needs.
  • (rhk) Linux New Jersey -- the lvlug's Faber Fedor's business home page
  • (rhk) Open Source is good for America - US military advised; Andrew Orlowski; 29/10/2002 -- "See. It's even good for Microsoft."

Recommended by Others

  • (rhk) [[][]] --

No Recommendation

"Six per cent of European companies are already using free software on the desktop. Linux Journal interviews the author of the FLOSS study."

Not Recommended

  • (rhk) [[][]] --


  • RandyKramer - 12 Mar 2002
  • Jason 'Bana' Knight - 11 Mar 2002
  • Henry White - 12 Mar 2002
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