Hmmm . . . It doesn't look like much is going on in here. I'll try a response to this & see what happens.
1) Does your company currently use Linux? If so, are you replacing other Unix platforms or Windows platforms? If not, what are the barriers to adoption?
In the places I've worked, Linux was being adopted by many engineers (including me) as a guerilla (sp?) platfom. I was told explicitly by IT "you're on your own; we don't support Linux". This did not stop any of the Linux adaptors.
The company had a software group, a board design group, and an FPGA/ASIC group. In software, most people developed on Sun boxes for an embedded OS which was very Linux like. The board design people were stuck with NT machines 'cause the board design SW (i.e. Viewdraw) only worked on this platform. The ASIC group used Sun boxes, but many of the people there were running their own Linux boxes. The software and board design tool vendors were not that interested in Linux ports, wheeas the chip EDA companies were the most clueful about porting their products to Linux.
The most usual strategy for Linux users was to place a second machine running Linux on their desks besides the primary Windoze/Sun box. Nobody just dumped their primary machine. In my case, the primary machine -- running Windoze -- became my Exchange and Word machine; all other work migrated to the Linux box.
As an aside, many people wish that Xilinx would get a clue and port WebPack to Linux so that you don't hvae to use it under wine. Hello! . . . is anybody at Xilinx listining?!?!?!?
2) What are the barriers to your company replacing all windows platforms with Linux?
Forget about the EDA stuff -- the barrier in most companies is the presence of legacy, entrenched Windoze files. Scores -- if not hundreds -- of design docs are written in Word, countless presentations are in ppt, and all the managemnet spreadsheets are already in Excel. Nobody wants ot port these, particularly mnaagement, who view any such project as a wooly-headed diversion from their primary business.
Yes, we all know that OpenOffice / StarOffice exist. However, that doens't help with the legacy file problem . . . .
Therefore, the best place for Linux to make inroads is in newly established businesses. If I was a RedHat sales dude, I'd be concentrating my cold-calls on startups (if any exist these days), and not necessarily on long-established businesses.
That's not to say that established businesses won't eventually transition to Linux; rather it will just take them a while to get to it. They may do it the next time they have to upgrade Windoze, and realize that Bill G & Co hvae discovered yet another wheeze to extract money from their customers while locking them every more tightly into their Windoze installations.
p.s. If you could edit your "textarea" tag so that it enforced a 12pt font, thant would be a great thing. I am typing this on my RH7.2 system using Mozilla 1.4a, and the default font I get in the textarea box is an eye-killing 6pt. If my post is full of typoes, it's cause I can't see what I am typing.
If anybody is reading & moderating this forum, that is . . . .