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.