Linux desktop supplier Xandros has introduced its new Desktop Management Server (xDMS) application, which gives IT administrators the tools to roll out, configure and maintain mass deployments of Linux-equipped PCs.
The product is aimed at networks from small business workgroups to large enterprises, providing administrators with a graphical user interface instead of a command line to oversee their network.
Point-and-click tools allow departmental desktop administrators to maintain systems with minimal training and technical expertise.
XDMS allows IT administrators to set up software repositories from multiple sources, manage software inventories from the xDMS console and establish managed groups of networked PCs. The software also allows them to create custom configurations for individual departments and oversee remote, unattended operating system installs and updates.
System configurations can be managed and changed from a central location using xDMS, which also allows the scheduling of remote program execution and the viewing of task schedules and task progress.
XDMS operates behind a corporate firewall, not on a remote server. Secure Sockets Layer encryption is employed for all transmissions over the local network.
XDMS is a key part of the company's goal of expanding phased roll-outs of its Xandros Desktop OS for corporate users.
"The deployment of secure, stable and virus-free Linux desktops is expected to quadruple in the next 12 months," Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos said. "We've made the decision to migrate a no-brainer with intuitive xDMS deployment and management tools that even eliminate command line complexities."
Initially, xDMS will be offered for free with the purchase of five or more licences of the Xandros Desktop OS Business Edition, which starts at $129 per user (£70).
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld