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Network Computing: The Linux Challenge

Jun 19, 2000, 13:08 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Novak, Greg Shipley)

"...But other questions remain. How well does Linux fit the enterprise? How successful have Computer Associates International, Novell, Oracle and other companies been at deploying their products on this new platform? How feasible is running Linux as a core operating system in your organization, and how well will it work?"

"To answer these and other questions, we heroically plunged into the open-source revolution: The Network Computing Real-World Labs in Chicago went Linux--big time. We converted our production systems into Linux-based solutions--everything from our file and print servers to our firewalls and backup systems. We even changed over our VPN (virtual private network) devices. We took Novell's eDirectory for Linux on a test drive, integrating our Linux servers into our NDS infrastructure. We slept with Red Hat CDs and put penguins under our pillows (stuffed ones, of course). We even had a few brave souls toss away Microsoft Office and move to StarOffice on X Window. Finally, we interviewed some of the large hardware players--including Compaq Computer Corp., Dell, HP and SGI--and got their take on the Linux scene."

"The result? Some surprises, some interesting trends and some painful experiences. Linux has arrived and will continue to change the corporate landscape. One thing is obvious, however: How and where you choose to deploy Linux will determine whether your colleagues will come to praise you or bury you."

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