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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

So how are things progressing with regard to any serious Virtual Desktop scenarios? Do you know of any? VMware still touts the effort by Prudential in the UK as a success story, but that was done nearly two years ago, well before MS came to appreciate the level of interest in Virtualizing the Desktop.

From what I've seen and heard down here in Australia the major roadblock to any movement on this is the lack of clarity from MS Licensing regarding releasing of any Pricing for the VECD unless of course it's tied to the Software Subscription model?

If this "fence sitting" by Microsoft continues on much longer I wonder if anyone is going to seriously look at trying to run a variant of Linux in a VDI play? http://wskills.blogspot.com/2006/12/linux-that-looks-like-windows-xp.html

And this then poses another interesting thought? If MS are going to raise the stakes in making it pretty expensive for Desktop Virtualization by insisting on Customers purchasing a Retail Vista License to be valid it makes you wonder if this starts to open the door for the Linux Desktop support plays like RedHat and....  surprise, surprise, Novell....???

It's funny how things turn full circle, isn't it? ;-))

Even if you aren't serious about using Linux/Novell for a VDI scenario - I'd suggest you would be certainly well advised to bring up the possibility when you are discussing Pricing and Licensing with MS representatives?

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2007 11:31 AM IT Management , VMware and other Virtualization tools , Linux | Back to top


Comments on this post: If VECD is an expensive option for a VDI then perhaps you might want to consider a Linux variant that looks like Windows XP?

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