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What Will It Take For Linux And Open Source To Dethrone Microsoft?

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Will this be the year of Desktop Linux? I really doubt that. I think it will take a few corporate success stories about deploying Linux desktops to get the ball rolling. Let’s face it, most IT managers prefer to make safe decisions. Maybe you have heard the saying, “Nobody gets fired for using Microsoft products”? In the industry I work in, we compare the technology we use to everyone else when the yearly trade journal stats are released. Before you go flaming me over this, keep in mind that all of us answer to someone. If I want to use technology X, I have to sell it to the CIO, and he/she has to sell that to the Board or CEO. I don’t just go and do anything I want to, I must first present my plans and get approval, and be prepared to defend each step of my proposal. That’s just the way it is.

What is missing or needs improvement on Linux from an I.T. perspective?

1. A desktop management framework similar to or better than MS Active Directory and GPO’s.

2. Easy to understand server management tools.

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