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ITworld: Coming of age for Linux systems management

Oct 19, 2000, 20:55 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christie Vincent, Jack Vaughan)

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"Lack of high-level system and network management tools could inhibit growth as more businesses look to use Linux in their operations. Many in the ranks of Linux adherents may welcome the hands-on control of system management based on command lines, but the same tools may put off some veteran IT managers."

"Those hands are familiar with the relatively high-level tools available for mainframe, Unix, and Windows system management, and they may take a wait-and-see attitude on full-scale Linux deployment until more robust alternatives appear."

"The companies trying to carve out a living as Linux suppliers, as well as some more familiar industry players, are working hard to fill that need. Among the former are companies such as Caldera Systems and VALinux, both of which recently released software for Linux system management. Taken with other events, the releases may indicate that Linux system-management adolescence, if not full maturity, is upon us."

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