ITworld: Coming of age for Linux systems management

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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