I hope to come back to the writing front in the next weeks (months at worst) with fresh Linux experience. Namely, that of converting industry people to Linux and averting their up(?)grade to Winloss95 and similar marvels of software (or is "market"?) engineering.
To do so, I have to provide them with major commercial arguments in favour of Linux. Clearly, one such argument is the usability of Linux on low-end and medium configurations (say, a 386DX25 w/o coproc, 6MB RAM, and a DX2/66, 12MB RAM respectively), avoiding costly hardware upgrades. Another is the fact that each and every application runs in 32-bit mode, and does not suffer performance hits of the 16-bit Windogs apps running on a 32-bit platform.
However, the biggest and hardest argument I've found is the fact that other renowned industry actors have made the Big Leap (tm) and now use Linux.
To date, I know of two such cases : IKEA (cf. a recent Linux Journal), and Societe Generale, a French nation wide bank, which (as I understand) have both moved (parts of) their TCP/IP networking to Linux. Do you know of any others, or of sites which may carry some information about "commercial/industrial users of Linux". The latest unofficial news are that Hitachi and Matsushita in Japan are using Linux to develop embedded telecoms software aimed at consumer market... Similarly, do you know of any software companies using Linux systems internally as development platforms in a production environment?
If nothing exists right now, I'll try to compile a list of such references.
Finally, a goodie from France: the estimated cost of the move to Windogs95 in a large government research lab (500 machines on the net, 14000 software licenses) is 3.5 million francs (around £500,000)... In other words, a thousand pounds per machine, and I fear this does not include the motherboard/PC replacement needed for the 386s that still are in use there.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.