Desktop Guerrilla Tactics: a Portable Thin Client Approach

Roll out a desktop Linux pilot project quickly without disturbing the legacy desktop OS.

We strongly feel that the possibility of a graceful exit from the pilot positively affected the outlook of both management and users. So far, they have opted not to use that exit. End-user response has been positive, and some have even offered usability suggestions.

An unexpected side benefit has surfaced: it has allowed the company to observe and document the speed, ease and costs of deployment and support of this approach. This, in turn, provided management with the option of considering its use as a critical component in an enterprise-wide, disaster-ready infrastructure. Thus, without irrevocably committing the company to large-scale migration, prototype systems have been seeded across the organization and are being nurtured by champions.

The current strategy options include continuing deployment of these terminals to increase and improve both support skills and user familiarity. We are confident that this diffusion of skill sets and attitudes across the enterprise will enhance the future decision-making calculus and further bolster Linux as a practical and superior alternative.

William Yu takes charge of information planning and security at SVI Technologies, Inc., a Manila-based IT outsourcing company. His fields of interest include high-performance computing, network security and information systems planning. He also is a faculty member at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Dominique Cimafranca is a Linux IT specialist for IBM Philippines. He has implemented Linux in the whole range of hardware platforms from IBM for several enterprise customers. He has been writing about Linux and technology issues for the past three years.



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