Linux management was 2nd most-read item of 2006 at open source blog

The fact remains that non-techies still write most of the checks in the technical world. You may consider this unfortunate, even wrong, but so long as there are finance departments and pointy-headed bosses their views will matter.

My February piece on a survey claiming Linux is no tougher to manage than Windows was the 2nd most read item on this blog in 2006.

The survey of 200 managers was sponsored by Levanta, which produces a Linux-based change management product.

The item drew 7 trackbacks and numerous comments, concluding with one headlined "Still Laughing" that read in part, "WHY would you want to let non-techies play around with a mission critical piece of equipment? Unless of course you are one of these people that likes to charge for your plunders."

Good question, but the fact remains that non-techies still write most of the checks in the technical world. You may consider this unfortunate, even wrong, but so long as there are finance departments and pointy-headed bosses their views will matter.

I suspect, however, that this piece had real traction because it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, namely, that Linux is Unix, Unix is for geeks, and non-techies run Windows.

That is starting to change. How far it changes will be one of the key stories for 2007 and beyond.

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