It reiterates some of the suggestions I have made.
When considering migration to Linux:
1-choose dual-platform applications wherever possible, do not purchase
or upgrade existing Windows-Only applications. Good candidates include
Java 2 applications, OpenOffice, and applications written portable
languages such as Perl/TK, TCL/TK, and Python.
2- consider co-resident solutions - cygwin, vmware player/Linux, or
running Linux as the primary OS with Windows on the VM.
3 - test current Windows applications with Wine, Crossover, and/or
Win4Lin in a controlled Linux environment. This will help identify
where effort should be concentrated.
4 - put vendors on notice that you want their services available on
Linux as well as Windows, with the intention of migration to Linux.
Vendors who are unwilling or unable to accomodate this request in a
reasonable time should be replaced as soon as possible.
5 - disable Windows-only technology such as ActiveX controls on
browsers. This will also improve security. It also lets vendors know
that you are unwilling to assume the risk of this software, as well as
other "Windows-Only" solutions.
6 - Publish documents in reviewable form in PDF. If you need alterable
documents, then publish them in Open Document format. It is NOT
unreasonable to ask a client, customer, or consultant to download free
software (Open Office) to publish "generic" documents. It IS
unreasonable to ask a consultant, customer, client, or vendor purchase
a $400-500 software package or upgrades to be able to read someone's
documents. If they absolutely insist on NOT publishing - then let THEM
provide the software, at their cost.