Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 19th Nov 2002 09:24 UTC
Oracle and SUN This past year has been a breakthrough for Sun for both their Linux and Solaris products. The most intriguing news of all is possibly the challenge Sun poses to Microsoft with their Desktop Initiative announced a couple of months ago. We spoke to Bill Moffitt, Product Line Manager of the Solaris Lifecycle, about Linux, the desktop and Solaris. Update: Bill Moffitt replies on our forums.
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HIGHLY Unlikely
by Duh on Tue 19th Nov 2002 15:38 UTC

I think that you'll find most helpdesks and desktop engineers will resist the idea of deploying Linux on the desktop. This will be a nightmare to deploy and support. This is due to a lack of graphical deployment/packaging tools with strong dependency management capabilities and policy based deployment tools. Also, let's not forget the training costs associated with all of these new apps. Finally, most of the people supporting these desktops will be people who have minimal or no experience with *nix environments. These people are usually Novell/Microsoft junkies. I'm doubtful Sun will make serious headway unless they specifically target task workers like customer service reps, POS systems, etc. Oh yes, StarOffice and Evolution are giant step backwards - why would any CTO/CIO in his right mind dump a stable environment that already uses Office 2000/XP for the unknown??? Highly unlikely.