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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Latte and Linux? Toronto's Newest Combination

Linuxcaffe was born from a dirty, old store and David Patrick's imagination. The store only seemed to open long enough to sell cigarettes to teens, and Patrick and his family dreamed of it becoming a little coffee shop. After some thought, they made it happen.

In 2000, Patrick had discovered Linux but older versions weren't up to par. When he opened the shop in June of 2005, though, he opened with a newer version of Linux on all the machines, believing that the operating system was comparable, or better than, Windows.

For anyone who shows interest, Patrick and his family happily give them a free Linux CD. In the shop they use Thinkpad laptops for customers renting computers and offer free Wifi for those with their own computers.

Not only does his shop have over 100 visitors a day, but his team is also expanding to offer software over the Internet. Patrick's dream has grown and with it, his business. Learn more about Patrick's success in the complete article (link above).

Added by Joshua Feinberg