Linux.com: Software Administration on Linux?Apr 13, 2000, 17:16 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)
"Applications are the heart and soul of what any operating system is really about. Can the operating system run the applications that you need? The most efficient and stable operating system ever created would be nothing without applications. Maintaining a large variety of applications in a corporate environment can be challenging to say the least, however, Linux has some wonderful features that can help to greatly simplify this job."
"Eliminate the need to install and maintain an application on every system on your network. Many operating systems require that an application be installed on the local system in order to function properly. This means that you have to not only install the software on every system, but also when an upgrade comes out? Linux, like Unix in general, offers you the ability to install an application on a server and then simply run the application straight off of that server. Unlike some other systems, the application resides on the network resource, but is actually run from the local system meaning that as the number of users increases the application performance doesn't decrease dramatically."
"By having a single installation of an application troubleshooting and upgrading is greatly simplified as you now have only a single install to worry about. This type of software installation also allows you to make the software read-only, which reduces the chances that a user may inadvertently damage the software in some way. This all boils down to one application, one installation."