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Are you Going to Wait or look at Linux

By JimHM ·
OK it's offical - Microsoft will not have LongHorn released until 2006. According to news sources reporting from the Partners meeting - Longhorn will not be released for 3 years. Without a calculator thats late 2006.

Also according to the same reports - Microsoft is not releasing an interm between XP and Longhorn, and that XP SP2 will not be released until 2Q/3Q-04.

We are looking at Linux and creating policies incase things keep going off track - What else is everyone thinking of doing ...

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evaluating

by maecuff In reply to Are you Going to Wait or ...

We are in the beginning stages of evaluating Linux. If you do evaluate Linux, what platform will you use? We are considering installing on a partition of our AS400 and wondered if anyone has done this and if so, what sort of problems have you run in to?

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Orders from upstairs

by Petrock In reply to Are you Going to Wait or ...

Per our CEO we are a 100% Microsoft shop. so our hands are tied.

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Edge only

by ElliotRoss In reply to Are you Going to Wait or ...

I am a Microsoft shop - we also have extensive outside dealings as a sales based organization. So at the desktop and primary server infrastructure - my hands are also tied to MS.

I will be implementing Linux at the network edge for now, ftp services, DNS etc.

Once we get more familiarity, I will consider moving our Domino infrastructure to it as well

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Linux will grow from the bottom up

by CobitGuy In reply to Edge only

As an IT Manager in a small all Windows shop and a big proponent of Open Source, I am and have been disgusted by Microsoft licensing practices for a long time. I pitch all email and literature from Microsoft. Our Senior Mgmt if given the choice would stay on an all windows platform because they don't know better. Being on the inside of IT, I know better. Linux is and will slowly grow and evolve within the Server Room and work its way to the desktop slowly but surely. It's simply a matter of time until enough IT professionals become educated on managing and integrating Linux into their Windows/Unix environments. The Microsoft Cash Cow will soon be slaughtered and eaten alive by Linux. Just look at what the Open Source LAMP initiative has accomplished in such a short time.

IMHO,
Joe

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disagree

by Becker-2004 In reply to Linux will grow from the ...

we are a microsoft shop. i am an mcse. i am also a very big proponent of open source. but i do not see linux on the desktop in the enterprise. ms are too embedded in the market.

linux on the backend is a very strong possibility. if you use thin client's - linux is also a very strong contender. but to replace standard enterprise desktop. not gonna happen anytime soon.

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by secure_lockdown In reply to disagree

i try to deploy linux to save money. mostly as print servers. good way to re-use old pc's and learn a bit about the OS.

i also tested Novell's Linux Enter. Services running on SuSE. it's not bad. a lot more work involved than setting up Netware OS. But it's an alternative, i guess?

i think it's got some real potential. but IMHO, i think a lot depends on the vendors behind Linux. if they can get their act together and establish common standards - it's got a chance.

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have been evaluating linux for desktops

by justmakingit In reply to disagree

I have always been an ms user, but have recently begun evaluating linux software to be used on a desktop environment. I have to say that I am kind of getting used to it, especially since I have also been evaluating the crossoffice software. The results have been amazing. There has been a little getting used to but in the long run, once you have a user used to the look and feel of a linux desktop they probably won't want to go back. I have found that the xandros version of linux has so far been the best(for desktops). It was easy to install and working fine. It also comes with other software that you can download so that you really don't have to buy any software... and it found the microsoft network without any hitches.

I think linux will so be big within the desktop environment, especially since, in some stores, you have the option of choosing between a windows os and a linux os.

Cheers

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We've already got Linux

by JasonLove In reply to Linux will grow from the ...

The bulk of our workstations (maybe 90%) are running Windows the remainder run Linux.

The bulk of the problems that cause my helpdesk support staff come from the 10% Linux.

I'm not senior management. I manage the helpdesk team for a large multi-national and I can tell you, given the choice I would dump the Linux in a heartbeat.

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Gradual deployment is a good idea

by stress junkie In reply to Edge only

I am a fan of Linux. I use it at home for my primary
platform and MS for software that only runs on MS. I
agree that gradual deployment that is transparent to
the end users is a good choice. Network appliances and
servers are a role that Linux can handle well without
training end users and hearing complaints about MS
Office and Open Office, etc.

Don't forget about FreeBSD and NetBSD though. These
are also excellent for servers and network service
providers such as DNS, proxy, and NAT.

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