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Linux Journal: Volution Product Review

Jun 10, 2001, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

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Joshua Drake of Linux Journal reviews Caldera's system management tool, Volution, and says that even though it's uneven and clearly a young product, it has some merit and shows promise.

"Volution is a systems-management product. It is not an operating system management product. The distinction between the two is gray and Volution crosses the line on both sides. For example, I can have the machine alert me if I have more than 15 users logged in, but Volution in its current state will not let me add or delete users. I found this remarkably inconsistent with their tag line. As someone who has been doing systems management for almost a decade, I have always felt that they are synonymous. I guess it is important to remember that definitions do vary.

Volution does have a lot of positive features. Volution is currently the only product out there for Linux that provides a directory-enabled management solution for Linux servers. Caldera has created a strong directory services development foundation by arranging to have some of the ZenWorks programmers work on Volution. Caldera provides the ability to use Webmin in conjunction with Volution. The use of Webmin helps fill the gap of my operating systems management concerns, and later this summer, we will see Volution 1.1, which will support a larger array of platforms."

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