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Where are the Enterprise Management Tools for Linux on the Desktop?

Jan 13, 2009, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Lane)

"However, when the scale of installation exceeds the number of machines you can manage manually (and that depends on how dedicated you are, in most cases it seems to be about 10 desktops) and begins to approach a number where you need a staff to manage them, then Linux as a desktop solution begins to lose its luster. This is not to say that Linux as a desktop OS is not possible, but, the management and maintenance of the desktop environment becomes the proverbial long pole in the tent and begins to chew up resources, in terms of manpower and costs.

"Doc argues that Exchange has the advantage because it is good. I would disagree that it is good, but that 1) it combines a number of useful tools into a single suite application with a common UI and 2) it has several supplemental programs, such as Blackberry support written for it and thus makes it a lock in technology. When it comes to desktop management however, there are as many options in the Windows world as there are email systems in the Linux world. Sadly, there are not a lot of homogenous options for desktop management in the Linux world. This is not to say there are not any, but there is not one or two that meet most of the needs of management when they are looking for a desktop management system and fewer tools in general that support the baseline requirements or share a common UI."

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