Feeds

Business needs guidance on desktop Linux

Asking the wrong questions

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Businesses are asking the wrong questions when it comes to putting Linux on the desktop, according to Adam Jollans, Linux software marketing manager at IBM.

Speaking today at the Linux User and Developer Conference at London Olympia, he said: "It's not Linux on the desktop or Linux not on the desktop. There are different answers for different users in your organisation. IT managers should divide users into different segments and assess their needs accordingly.

According to Jollans, Linux on government and corporate desktops is at the same point that getting Linux onto servers was at three or four years ago. He has seen an acceleration in interest this year.

Graham Taylor, director of Open Forum Europe, agreed with the analogy. He said: "A year ago we were saying 'wait' for desktops but mainstream products for most business are here now. It's 90 per cent here." Taylor believes much of the problem is business confidence rather than technology. He also said there would not be wholesale changeovers - business will change project by project and department-by-department.

Jollans highlighted three areas where IBM is seeing particular interest from customers.

These are Unix workstations in Hollywood animation studios. Secondly, application developers are increasingly using Linux machines. The third area is browser-based thin clients used by banks and call centres - they are easy to manage and offer better security than traditional PC systems, he says

IBM is also seeing interest from a set of industrial users who have not previously used desktop systems, but now need to access company Intranets. Linux PCs and kiosks are making headway in this market.

Jollans admitted there is a difficulty and resistance in moving people from the known (Microsoft) to the unknown (Open Source) - he believes resistance can be removed by offering users more cuddly penguins. ®

Related stories

Lindows now Lindash
HP puts Linux on the desktop
Novell loves Linux (true)
Did Sun help itself by being last to Linux?
Linux on the desktop - the man from Armonk, he say yes!

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8
Just slip it in, won't hurt a bit, 1Password makers urge devs
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.