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But will Linux desktops ever get off the ground in a Windows-dominated world?

By Mike Hogan

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Can businesspeople survive without Microsoft Office? Not onlycan they survive, but they may be able to do so with lowerhardware, software and support costs, says Bill Faust, co-owner ofOptim Microwave. Faust's Westlake Village, California,satellite dish designer has two dozen Linux-based desktops workingin tandem on massive design projects. They're never turned offand they never stop crunching numbers; and if one should crash, sowould Optim's delivery schedule.

Because of Linux, the 37-year-old is able to run his high-octaneprograms on white boxes that he describes as "a generation orso behind," and for which he rarely pays more than $500. Fiveof those number-crunchers comfortably double as desktops for staffmembers.

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