(Mods, please move this to the other operating systems forum if it more appropriate in there, but since this covers more than just Linux I put it in here) Ok guys, I've been tasked with researching the possibility of changing our departments standard desktop image from Windows XP to some variant of Linux. The driving force behind this is to lower our software licensing & support costs, so were quite willing to pay for the right stuff, as long as the sums work out in the end. I'm researching a couple of things currently, and will do some more detailed work if this starts to get serious. 1 - Replace Windows XP with a Linux distro. The boss has specified that the closer this looks like and works like windows the better, as there will be a lot of pressure from other business units not to change, as they are comfortable with XP. I personally think that selling the move from Office to Open Office would be the harder issue. 2 - Possibly replace ZCM with an OS product (if one exists). Currently I build our SDOE images and were currently in the process of reimaging all machines in the dept via ZCM. While ZCM does the job pretty well, we are interested in looking at other (cheaper) alternatives if they exist. Whatever way we go, we needs to be able to push out application bundles to designated users / usergroups as well. Currently the theory is to research and replace as many apps as possible with OS equivalents, but there will be a number of apps that we wont be able to do this for. The current suggestion is that these ones would probably end up running in Xenapps (Citrix) sessions, although I personally think that we will still have to run a number of XP boxes for some specialised applications. So...... I have only been very brief as its early days yet, but I'm interested in any opinions as to what software to investigate, where to look, who to speak with, etc, and I'm espically keen on hearing of any experiences good or bad if you gone this route.