"As an open source enthusiast, there are thousands of great
tools available to me. However, some things in Linux are harder
than they need to be. The world of open source has come a long way,
but keeping an eye on what is going on outside of the open source
arena can show that there are still areas where we need to improve.
Here are three tools from IBM and Apple that I would love to see
incorporated into the next great Linux distribution.
"AIX has two tools that, as a Linux enthusiast, I'm envious of:
makesysb, and cfgmgr. The first tool, makesysb, can clone a running
system onto a bootable DVD. It's very similar to other cloning
tools like G4L and Clonezilla, but it's built into the operating
system, and doesn't require a reboot. It's great for system
migration, and for keeping a backup around for disaster recovery.
We try to keep makesysb images on DVD for all of our systems