Some days there does not seem to be a big story but I thought to make a list of good things found all over the web.
- Found in a RedHat (India) employee’s resume:“Roll out of customized Thin Client operating system for 7000 desktops. This helped the customer to improve the employee efficiency and reduce CAPEX by 60% “. Like it was routine, eh? Chuckle. Thin clients are happening. They are fun and profitable.
- Here’s a story from last year about replacing desktop systems with GNU/Linux using RedHat virtual machines on servers: “for the Enterprise setting, all those Fat Client Desktops are now moving away from the physical ‘Desktop’ and being pushed back into the Data Center as Virtual Machines where they can be ‘tamed’ and centrally managed with RHEV-m.
The Enterprise craves stability. Things move carefully, applications get certified for each O/S iteration.
That process keeps Microsoft Windows around for a long time, like it or not. But the essential difference is that now Enterprise is ready for Windows 7, it gets to keep its stable MS Windows infrastructure but the Desktop is no longer Windows.”
- Userful, a Canadian company, is busy competing with that other OS on price/performance in schools and libraries.
- OpenSense Solutions is a US company doing similar work as Userful. All their stuff is FLOSS but they have not updated their repositories in a while…
- The folks who think Google has no plan for Android/Linux should read Infographic: Six Stats on In-aisle Mobile Engagement. Using smart phones while shopping is huge. Mobile apps, retail websites, price comparison, reviews, social sites are all important yet sales staff often do not promote such usage. Shoppers do care about price/performance and a bunch of other characteristics and whoever facilitates the flow of information will be beloved.