Calderas new Linux systems management application, Caldera Volution, although far from easy to use, is a good first step toward managing Linux systems on a large scale.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Linux management applications are required for Linux to move to corporate desktops, and companies that buy in early will be that much ahead of the game. Allows large-scale software rollouts to Linux systems; provides a central repository for hardware and software inventories; supports major Linux distributions. Difficult to implement; health monitoring does little more than provide MIB hooks to other applications; inadequate documentation; software distribution cumbersome. Caldera Systems Inc., Orem, Utah; (888) 465-4689; www.caldera.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT //It will take a while for this product to mature, but sites that need to manage numerous Linux systems now might benefit by being early implementers.