We rent apartments and we use our IT infrastructure to manage apartment bookings and the accounting. We used one Windows 2003 SBS connected to five Windows 2000 workstations until 2007. In mid 2007 there was a change in the licensing policy of our former software, which was FoxPro-based. I looked for alternatives. Having heard of Linux, I tested Ubuntu 7.04 on one workstation for about six months. All workstations were migrated to Ubuntu 7.10 when it came out, and a final migration took place in spring 2008 when Ubuntu 8.04 was adopted for all the IT infrastructure (both server and workstations), as I finally found viable replacements for all the software that we once used under Windows. However, I do not like the way that Ubuntu has evolved after 10.04. Consequently all computers, that is, server and workstations, have been migrated to Debian Squeeze on August 20th 2012.
The choice was my sole responsibility. I chose Debian because it was the
sensible choice, as I was familiar with a Debian-based distribution and the
ecosystem. Debian consistently provides stability and a good
level of resource efficiency.