[rescue] off topic - red hat linux book
pat at computer-refuge.org
Wed Oct 21 12:16:52 CDT 2009
On Wednesday 21 October 2009, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> The issue boils down (for me) to the reality that you can't manage
> 1,500 desktops as easily under Linux, since the tools either don't
> exist or cost more than comprable MS/apple tools (depending on
> distribution choosen). As a educational facility, we pay under $40/
> desktop per year for OS (WinXP, Vista, or Win7) and Office Enterprise
> 2007. Server licenses are equally affordable.
> Is there a comprable management suite for Linux that is closer to
> Free than $40/desktop? The Ubuntu management package is around $400/
> machine, but designed for servers, not really desktops...
GNU cfengine, Reductive Lab's Puppet, etc. They're $0.
What's the difference between a Linux server and desktop as far as
At work we currently maintain a bit over 2000 machines using cfengine
2.2. Purdue's Engineering Computer Network maintains at least hundreds
of machines using in-house software called IGOR, which they have used to
maintain configurations on Windows, Linux, HP/UX, Solaris, and AIX (and
I don't understand how Windows can be easier or cheaper to maintain huge
numbers of machines than Linux is.
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