Advertising and marketing agencies have been loyal to the Apple Macintosh for more than two decades. But Yooter InterActive Marketing Agency is breaking from tradition and standardizing on Ubuntu Server Edition and Ubuntu Desktop Edition, Works With U has learned. Here are the details.
Yooter is one of the most recent companies to land on our Works With U 1000 -- which tracks Ubuntu deployments across the globe. The fast-growing list now includes small, midsize and large organizations on multiple continents.
Yooter is a boutique agency, launched and self-funded back in 2005. The company originally chose Ubuntu based on pure economics. "To purchase all Microsoft software, the price tag of about $1,000 per desktop was daunting for a startup," wrote Roger Wehbe, president of Yooter, in an email to Works With U.
Standardizing On UbuntuAs the Minersville, Pennsylvania-based company grew and became more established, the default install for new employees became Ubuntu Linux with OpenOffice, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), Firefox and Pidgin (for instant messaging), among other software.
Employees "LOVE it... to the point where many of them formated their Vista machines at home [for Ubuntu] and are using it," wrote Wehbe. "Any startup would be crazy not to choose Ubuntu Linux for their company."
Why's that? "Honestly there are untold thousands [of dollars] saved not just in purchase price, but also viruses, spyware, etc. eat into company time and money," wrote Wehbe.
So far, Yooter has roughly seven Ubuntu servers and 20 desktop/mobile systems. The agency depends on its Ubuntu network for such services as:
- CRM (customer relationship management)
- Software development
- File server
- Media streaming
- Web server