Open Source

Community for desktops?

Are community linux distributions likely to become the target of desktop migration instead of their commercial brethren?

Steven Deare at ZDNet Australia has posted an interesting blog about the quiet move by Kennards Hire to migrate to Linux desktops. Deare writes that there has been virtually no publicity with what could be Australia's largest Linux desktop migration because the developers used a community rather than commercial distribution of Linux — in this case Fedora.

Part of this is of Kennards' making because they have purposely kept this low key, but there is a greater issue that should concern Red Hat and Novell — a company has made a migration of this size has chosen an unsupported distribution of Linux.

If the business plan for open source companies relies on support contracts and businesses choose to support themselves as Kennards has, where is the money going to come from? The desktop linux revolution (can you hear the chirping crickets?) is supposedly based on the "good enough" philosophy — where does that leave commercial distributions when their community cousins are "good enough"?

The questions just keep on coming when you consider that their point of sale servers are running Red Hat. So the servers clearly deserve support, but the desktops can be done in house — a thought provoking trend to say the least. Will this be the template for linux deployments in the future?

About Chris Duckett

Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic advent...

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