I have been an Altiris consultant for about a year and a half and have tried to understand and learn how Altiris manages things in the Linux world and have been struggeling with seseing adoption with this. Maybe it is because the company I am at, does not have a lot of customers adopting Linux in the desktop world, or is it something because I am in the US?
Right now with Altiris I can use Linux as a preboot operating system in imaging and I can also image Linux desktops using RapiDeploy and I can manage the device inventory wise and software delivery wise via the Notification System. A small problem has existed with the NS Agent but I have that working.
I have spent the day today with at UDS Boston, the Ubuntu Developers Summit, hanging out with the Server guys trying to learn more about server management and how Ubuntu can fit into that. There have been several interesting discussion tracks today, including one that covers this very topic. We went through a list of Open Source Management Tools and some of the good and bad things that accompany each one. So here is a list of some of them:
One of the newer ones that was discussed was NetDirector with the goal of getting into Universe and then hopefully into main. I’m looking forward to downloading it and trying it out. Hopefully more later on this.
BTW still hoping or Cannonical’s Enterprise Management Tool