The Solution

Birchwood Art Gallery’s IT consultant, Mike Ducharme, recommended Novell Linux Desktop as a low-cost, full-featured Linux desktop operating system. To fully leverage the Linux Desktop, he recommended the Userful Multiplier (now Multiplatform), a software add-on that allows multiple users to share a single computer. Win4Lin Pro Desktop was installed to allow Birchwood to run Simply Accounting on Linux. DOSEMU, which comes bundled with SUSE Linux, handled the DOS-based Framer’s Assistant point-of-sale application quite nicely.

“Birchwood Art Gallery was always running into virus and spyware infections when they were using Windows 98 and Windows XP. Even with up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software, the systems were still getting major infections on a monthly basis, resulting in costly down-time until they were cleaned up,” said Mr. Ducharme. “The security of Novell’s SUSE Linux Desktop provides peace of mind to their staff,” continued Ducharme, “allowing them to carry out their work activities without fear of virus or spyware infestation. Additionally, the Userful Multiplier cut the hardware costs in half and Win4Lin Pro Desktop provided Windows compatibility to run their Simply Accounting package.”