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Does Enterprise Linux Adoption Depend on Application Development?

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Posted: 30 Apr 2004
 

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Check out this interesting article from eChannelLine.

"The adoption of Linux, the open source operating systems created a decade ago by Linus Torvalds, across the enterprise, will depend on the development of a broad range of applications, according to a leading Linux developer. That adoption, he says, will come first outside North America."
"Nat Friedman, vice president, research and development, Novell Ximian Services, Novell made the comments following his keynote address at Real World Linux in Toronto, Ontario."

Read the whole article here.


Here's another excellent article expanding on this theme. Check out Plugging the Linux Holes from CNET.

The open-source operating system has yet to attract significant attention from makers of major desktop applications, such as Adobe Systems, Macromedia or Intuit, maker of the popular Quicken personal finance program. This lack of notice is a sticking point even for Linux visionaries such as Bruce Perens.

"I admit it--I still have a Windows machine that I use solely to run Quicken and TurboTax once a year," Perens said.

Read the whole article here.


Comments? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Comments

Chris Moore

I agree with his comments. At the server level, I depend on NDS, ZENworks, Virus Protection, File, Print, etc. If the underlying software is NetWare or Linux, it doesn't matter to me as long as the OS is stable, robust, etc. IT is built on providing business solutions through software apps that do something. The server is there to deliver that app. Without the app, no server is purchased. For Linux to take off, apps will need to be written, developed, and offered on Linux. NetWare shops encountered this problem when apps would be available "now" on Windows, but were "still being developed" for NetWare or not at all.

On the desktop, it is the same thing. A PC is a necessary appliance now in business, like a phone. But it's not the operating system you interact with, it is the applications you use to do your job. Without the application, there is no need to get the PC. If the applications are only offered on Windows, then Windows is what will be purchased/installed. If apps are offered on Linux, then there is a compelling argument to go to Linux. The application is offered on Linux, it does everything you need, etc. And it is cheaper.

Right now, there are still some holes on the desktop. Citrix support is not there. Some of the app software needs to become more polished. Old legacy apps need to have a migration path. All of these give the impression that Linux is not quite ready for adoption at the desktop. When an app is offered on the desktop and an entire department can be installed, it will begin to topple the enterprise desktop towards Linux.

Of course, that's just my opinion. Apps are the next, and possibly final, hurdle.

Oshri Ronen

If more applications will run on Linux, and will be supported by the manufacturer, people/enterprises would not be afraid to migrate.

Jeff Creek

Talk about hitting the nail on the head.

This is an area that I believe the educational sector could be a leader in. Unfortunately for us, being a K-12 school system in the US, we have a hard time convincing developers of educational software to update from 16 bit to 32 bit for Windows. Some of them are now converting their DOS apps that 'run in Windows' to full 32 bit Windows apps. If education is that far behind on that OS, I don't see any chance of development on a new OS. Although, I believe moving to Linux on the desktop could be very benefical for education.


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