Open-source software has pros and cons, but can be very useful for the self-employed or small business owners.
How many are self-employed in the United States? No one knows for sure, but estimates range around 20 million.
Add to this millions of small businesses,
and you have a huge pool of
workers who run their businesses on personal computers. Dentists, handymen,
shop owners, yoga instructors, lawyers ... all require reliable, easy-to-use
computers for their work.
Should they use Linux?
Here's my take as someone who has run his one-person business on Linux for
several years. I'll be objective. This is not a promotional piece. Let's state
up front that I have an advantage over many business Linux users because I'm an
IT professional. Yet we all depend on business Linux.
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