While Linux has long offered the Siren song of cost savings through free software, most organizations plugged their ears and sailed on with the ubiquitous Microsoft, unwilling to dive into the complexity of conversion or to face angry users deprived of the familiar programs on their desktops. But as administrators continue to struggle with mounting security concerns, an avalanche of Microsoft patches, and the ongoing complexity of licensing, Linux is emerging as a serious contender in the enterprise.
Evaluating a switch to Linux
We've gathered some more in-depth resources that tout the potential benefits of a move to Linux.
the Potential of Linux
This white paper from Computer Associates gives a general overview of Linux and discusses the reasons why you should consider integrating it into a heterogeneous IT environment. The benefits include optimization of resources, better service, and lower costs.
and Deploying Software in a Linux Environment
Systems programmers familiar with IBM's mainframe operating systems expect to have certain software installation and maintenance tools, primarily SMP/E and SES. These tools are not available in the Open Source/Linux world, and some of the maintenance practices and concepts they represent are not available either. This paper from BMC Software examines the differences as well as similarities in tools, philosophy, and practices between the Mainframe and Open Source/Linux worlds, and some of the challenges they present.
Strategic Value of Moving to Linux
This Novell white paper addresses the major concerns that business and IT executives have expressed about developing and implementing a Linux strategy. This white paper also describes how the Novell Linux strategy can help organizations successfully transition to an open source operating system that will improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
Linux reality check
For an opposing view, though not exactly an unbiased one, check out this recent interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. For more balance, you might want to read this industry analysis from TechNewsWorld.
Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and IT Security blogs.