Prentice Hall Moving to the Linux Business Desktop
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Light and chatty, describes it's topics very clearly and in plain English
Doesn't quite hit the mark
This book is described as a resource you can use to convince your boss to make the switch.
The book is laid out very well, taking you through obtaining and installing Linux and then tells you about installing a variety of useful apps and securing your system. The tone is very light and chatty, making it enjoyable to read. The topics are clearly laid out and a few alternatives to the apps are detailed. The book is aimed at the home user, the small business user and the big business user. All the apps and most of the solutions will work in these different environments.
These topics are all covered by a variety of different books, but it's nice to have them all in one place. My gripe with this well written and interesting book is that it caters too much for the home user and not enough for the business user. Where was the topic on Kickstart to enable you to deploy a pc image to multiple desktops? Where were the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) topics?
The main arguments, as I see them, presented for a switch are that it can do everything that Windows can do and that it can look good. Unless your boss is a techie and knows all about the lower TCO presented by Linux, this will seem to be the usual thing told to him by his admins: it looks neat and it's great.
I would have liked to see a chapter which gives reports (or links to them) about stability, cost, ease of use, etc and less on making it look nice.
And where were the links to LQ? :)
This is a very good book, nonetheless. It could be used to back up one of your arguments but it doesn't help with the rest. I would definitely say read this book, but don't rely on it when you prepare your business case.