Looking for case studiesFebruary 11, 2009 5:33 pm General
I hope to be writing a series of articles over the coming months on migrating from being a Windows shop to a free software shop, broken down stage by stage:
- Replacing Windows file sharing, web servers and services and email servers by Linux + samba/apache/postfix/bind. Move proprietary applications (SAP, Oracle) which have Linux versions to the new Linux servers. Migrate desktop software to open standards provided by these services (break the Outlook + Exchange habit).
- Replace proprietary desktop applications by free software equivalents (low-hanging fruit: Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice.org)
- Require use of open formats for company documents where practical (move from .doc to .odf)
- Identify desktops with no windows-specific business applications installed, and migrate them to Linux (thin-client, perhaps)
- Move from proprietary business applications to web-deployed free alternatives (Alfresco, SugarCRM, …) and start redeveloping vertical apps as web applications
- Migrate commercial server applications to free equivalents, where feasible
- Migrate remaining desktops & laptops to Linux (with some possible exceptions for task-specific desktops, like graphic design, accounting or CAD?)
My goal is to find people who have braved this storm, and have gone through the stages of migrating from windows to Linux, who can share the pain of each stage, and who can provide insights on making things easy for those coming after.
If you are one of these people, or think you might know one, or you’re just interested in telling me how (great|horrible) the idea is, give me a shout in the comments, or drop me an email at my gnome.org address: dneary.