One of the hurdles to Australian companies adopting Linux is a perceived lack of support, which is misguided, according to US Linux guru, Gary Porter.
Porter will be doing his bit to overcome these concerns as he tours Australia and New Zealand next month, giving eight one-day seminars and training sessions on the operating system. They are aimed at both the channel and IT decision-makers.
Tour organiser, Front Range, said that while many vendors had staged their own Linux-related events, this was the first to see Linux as an end-to-end solution.
Front Range company spokesperson, Michelle Bowrey, said while the jury might still be out on the TCO debate, many enterprises appreciated other Linux benefits in terms of scalability, stability, reliability and flexibility. However, moving to open source is only possible if the IT support staff understand it.
“Through extensive hands-on courses, Gary’s ‘Linux Labs’ are designed to get them started on installing a Linux workstation and server, Linux desktop and server applications as well as setting up security and networking,” Bowrey said.
Porter, who has helped CIOs across the US and Europe deploy Linux, said companies needed to thoroughly research the move.
“Most companies I work with adopt a phased approach in moving [to Linux]," he said. "This has proved successful in both the machine room as well as the desktop. With a well thought-out plan, moving to Linux will almost certainly save you money now and in the long-term,” he said.
Front End has partnered with HP, Sybase and Computer Associates to deliver the tour, scheduled to run between July 27 and August 19. Entry to the seminar costs $385, with tickets to the training session available for $485, if booked by July 13.