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Old 06-29-2006, 04:08 AM   #1
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Linux documentation for managers?


Hi All,

I'm looking for some documentation for managers (about linux) - ideally with something (unbiased!) about. (for my boss)

History, what is good about linux, what is wrong with linux, limitations, etc, etc


Many thanks,
Andrew
 
Old 06-29-2006, 05:04 AM   #2
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I'm not aware of such a document - if you dig one up post back here, please ;}

Linux greatest advantage is its biggest shortcoming;
it lets you automate things reasonably easily, but you have to think.

Windows doesn't require much thought but ties you to your mouse (you're
fiddling; one of my favourite comparisons is the productivity of a
secretary: a good secretary using WordPerfect for DOS with the companies
style-sheet was outputting an average of 400WPM; with the advent of
"easy to use" Windows and rodent-driven word-processing that has dropped
to 250WPM). If they used LaTeX and a few company-styles and templated
base-documents they could easily even beat the WordPerfect figure ;}



Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 06-29-2006, 06:34 AM   #3
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You should probably play him the movie - The.Code.Linux.avi (60 minutes). A picture is a 1000 words.
 
Old 06-29-2006, 06:35 AM   #4
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I'd say it's better to work up a list of your requirements and expectations, then work out if Linux can meet these ,and if not what are the alternatives?

Also compare things such as cost and time to install against your current system.

For me it's greatest strength is it's configurability, but of course the trade off is the time/cost it takes to get it to where you want it. You havem't said what you do/want it for so i couldn't advise any particular information
 
Old 06-29-2006, 06:47 AM   #5
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we have a The All New Linux vs Windows MegaSuperThread, it has a lot of ideas inside and has some interesting reads(along with some mangled rants), real-time comparisions like cost, time and other's you probably haven't imagined yet and i already forgotten...

check out posts #97 #98, i think it will help you.

Last edited by prozac; 06-29-2006 at 06:57 AM.
 
Old 06-29-2006, 07:47 AM   #6
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I agree with ethics. Better you need to find something which is you want (Or he want) to know. The target you and him want to achieve. Then prepare the information for him.
Linux is too wide and I think nobody like to read long and boring document.

Just let him see what he concern.
If you not clear what he concern, below is what I concern (In my organization),
-The support, can my staff support Linux effective? Or another way, can I find support easily from IT vendor?
-User friendly, is my end user can learn if fast? All my user need to take long time to learn it.
-Popularity, is Linux popular? What happend if I employee a new staff like HR Executive, will him become computer idiot if he sit infront Linux.
-Cost versus productivity, Linux is free but how about the lost time you need to pay? How long if IT staff/Users need to catchup in new linux environment.
-Compatiplity about the hardware/software, what software you use in your company, is it platform independent? What hardware you use in your company, can it run well in Linux?
-Stablity, get some example to your manager how stable linux is.
-Build in and Supported application, this is very attractive part, you can tell him all application you find in Linux.

Please don't ask him go to any website to search, this is not the way.

Regards,
Ks
 
Old 06-29-2006, 08:04 AM   #7
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LOTS of material is out there---the only problem you may have is with the "unbiased" part.....

If the objective is to convince your boss to switch to Linux, be careful----Linux may very well be the WRONG answer for your company. For example, I work in a large (6000 people) Aerospace organization. While there could be a huge cost savings by switching to OpenSource, it will not happen anytime soon. The reason is simple: The cost of retraining everyone and figuring out how to make all the infrastructure work would--for the short term--far exceed the cost savings of the "free" SW.

By contrast, if I were to start a small company, it would be all open-source from day 1. The infrastucture would be based on the fundamental choice of OS, etc. Further, all the employees would know from their first interview that this was going to be an Open-source shop.

Bottom line--be cautious of trying to push Linux and opne source on other people--it may be the wrong answer. Instead, take any opportunity to simply show the benefits. Especially with bosses, let THEM get the idea that it might be good to switch.
 
  


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