Could IT Mood Swings Boost Enterprise Desktop Linux?By Matthew Hicks | Posted 2004-04-25 Email Print
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Tougher licensing and costly upgrades could trigger IT departments to wrestle for more desktop control and consider moving to Linux, panelists at the Desktop Linux Summit say. Compatibility, however, remains an issue.SAN DIEGOLinux on end users' desktops remains largely elusive for enterprises, but the open-source operating system could become more attractive as the demands of IT departments shift, said panelists and attendees at the Desktop Linux Summit 2004 here.
Microsoft Corp., the maker of the dominant Windows operating system, and other proprietary software vendors themselves could cause the spark for broader desktop Linux adoption by forcing IT departments into tougher licensing stances or costly upgrade cycles, said Linux backers and IT consultants at the conference on Friday.
Already, among those enterprise considering desktop Linux, the desire to take more control away from vendors seems to plays more of a role than potential cost savings, said Nat Friedman, a co-founder of Ximian Inc. and now Novell Inc.'s vice president of product development. Take Microsoft Exchange, the popular e-mail server in corporations, he said. To add directory services on top of it, enterprises must deploy Microsoft Active Directory because of the vendor's control.