Yes, it is possible to create custom Linux "self installing" CDs or use PXe. We do something similar with Windows. There are a number of standardized configurations. The desktop people simple clone the standard which applies to the user's department to a new HD, then do some customization on that. The same could be done with Linux. And there is an equivalent to Windows' SMS to push out updates as well.

To me, part of the problem is that the desktop and "open" systems people simply don't want to be bothered with non-MS software. We were looking at a "thin client" in the past. I asked the main person on the team how it was going. She told me it was dead. I asked why. She said it was killed because "It isn't Microsoft software."

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yes I also was thinking the windows was/is not for the masses,
but the masses (these that order computers in the shops) insists in using windows, not linux.
there is the main rason i would like an more dedicated effort in IBM environment (glup this includes BP...) in order to installs easily linux apps in the desktop.
unfortunatelly found myself don't having the minimum knowledge in the linux arena (nor in the windows, really).

20 years of Cobol and RPG (and a little help from cgi + html + js + css) are not enough these days, only wondering if an linux desktop (including 5250 emulation) would be "easy" of deploy to end users, ?maybe using some preconfigured vm?

Happy New Year.

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