Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 06-29-2006, 03:08 AM   #1
Registered: Sep 2005
Posts: 49

Rep: Reputation: 15
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,
Old 06-29-2006, 04:04 AM   #2
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: in a fallen world
Distribution: slackware by choice, others too :} ... android.
Posts: 23,067
Blog Entries: 11

Rep: Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910
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 ;}

Old 06-29-2006, 05:34 AM   #3
Registered: Jun 2006
Location: Chennai, India
Distribution: Embdebian, Debian, Fedora Core, Redhat, Slackware, Ubuntu.
Posts: 112

Rep: Reputation: 15
You should probably play him the movie - The.Code.Linux.avi (60 minutes). A picture is a 1000 words.
Old 06-29-2006, 05:35 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: London
Distribution: Arch - Latest
Posts: 1,522

Rep: Reputation: 45
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, 05:47 AM   #5
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Australia
Distribution: slackware 12.1
Posts: 753

Rep: Reputation: 32
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 05:57 AM.
Old 06-29-2006, 06:47 AM   #6
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Malaysia, Johor
Distribution: Dual boot MacOS X/Ubuntu 9.10
Posts: 851

Rep: Reputation: 31
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.

Old 06-29-2006, 07:04 AM   #7
LQ Veteran
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
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.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
looking for linux documentation Idiotnewb Linux - Newbie 3 02-29-2004 08:34 PM
Window Managers vs. Desktop Managers mikeshn Linux - General 4 02-11-2004 11:31 AM
Linux Documentation Hmmyah Linux - General 3 12-09-2003 05:53 PM
Linux Documentation linuxturtle Linux - General 5 08-10-2003 10:54 PM
Linux documentation GtkUser General 6 01-30-2003 02:51 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:29 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration