Date of Award

Fall 9-1-2002

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

First Advisor

Michael H. Schuldes

Second Advisor

Omar F. El-Gayar

Third Advisor

Minghua Wang


The purpose of this research is to establish whether Linux can be an effective replacement to Microsoft Windows on a standard business desktop system. To be an effective replacement, Linux must offer all the features and usability to which the user is accustomed. These features include a graphical interface with point and click capabilities as well as applications that allow the user to complete their business tasks. Requirements of a business system are established based on the needs and expectations of the business computer user. Linux distributions were selected and tested against these requirements. If a distribution passes the requirements it could be an effective alternative to Microsoft Windows.