[rescue] off topic - red hat linux book
velociraptor at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 14:43:56 CDT 2009
On Oct 20, 2009, at 10:30 PM, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> On Oct 20, 2009, at 3:05 PM, Robert Darlington
> <rdarlington at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have no books to suggest, but would like to say that you're on
>> the right
>> track with RHEL. Past a handfull of machines, it becomes extremely
>> difficult to manage systems when there is no sane way to patch
>> them. I ran
>> several thousand at a former job with Uncle Sam. I can't imagine
>> doing it
>> without RHEL. Actually, then again, I did write that giant Expect
>> script to
>> patch IRIX!
> At $WORK I am the resident *nix expert, since I've debated against
> it with a few well-intentioned idiots in the community who feel that
> we should trim our $70K license fees with MS and go from Apple/Win
> environments to all Linux. Debian, to be specific.
> 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...
Plenty of config mgmt tools out there that could do just that on
Linux. Puppet, cfengine, etc. Sure, there's a learning curve, but
that's what a lab and a few cast-off machines or a VM stack are for...
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