the Linux Desktop Summit, and draws conclusions about
Linux adoption by businesses.
"CIOs, for ease of management, generally prefer that employees all use the same operating system. The rule of thumb Enderle subscribes to is that support costs increase by the square of the number of platforms. So if a company runs two operating systems, support costs increase by 4 times. If a company runs Windows, Mac and Linux, support costs increase 9 times.
But whenever CIOs openly try to consolidate operating systems, they run into pockets of resistance from diehards who say "nasty things and threaten to quit." Faced with that, most CIOs will simply try to limit the growth of Mac and Linux desktop systems "to maintain some respect and decorum, as well as keep their own jobs."
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