Not a lot. I know how to use Ansible, but I am not the person that would manage a horde of Linux machines on my network, so my ability doesn’t help at all.
The real issue is with security. There is zero, or very close to zero chance that anyone could convince the security teams within my organization that Linux is secure enough to be deployed in any significant numbers.
Windows and Linux both have their security issues, and I am not trying to say that one is safer or more secure than another. I am saying that the skill set held by employees in my organization favors Windows over Linux by a ratio at least 500 to 1. More, if you want to count the ratios of installed non-desktop systems.
We have the Windows skills and procedures to triage any major issues with Windows. We do not have the skills and procedures to handle even 10 Linux machines in a production role.
Linux just isn’t feasible for me in a wide deployment.
A solution that is a Wi-Fi enabled microcontroller, like the Photon, is much, MUCH easier to present to security and administration. The firmware for a Photon can be understood by a single skilled person, in its entirety. Try saying that about Windows OR Linux.
Particle’s cloud code is less transparent, and an enterprise agreement with Particle would make sure that liability is properly handled, however that would go, depending on a bunch of stuff I have little understanding of, so that eliminates that issue.
Thank you for the attempt.