Within SC2012 Operations Manager it is now possible to use sudo elevation for agent push, upgrades etc, and for RunAs accounts. With this addition though, you will probably get more questions for the your UNIX/Linux admins about configuring the accounts to perform monitoring and agent tasks with the minimum amount of permissions. Well, MS already has a TechNet Wiki article available to provide this information, just follow the link below.
If you perform X-Plat monitoring, I would recommend looking at this article as contains samples for all the supported platforms.
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