Linux... yeah linux.. Linux

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  1. Have a nice cup of pee, Apr 12, 2006
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    Howard1309 Guest

    Howard1309, Apr 12, 2006
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  3. The answer is: For the most part, the people who make purchasing decisions
    want some other company they can hold accountable, or at least blame if
    something goes wrong. These people don't really know anything about
    software - and are relying on what they've been told by so-called experts.
    These purchasers generally are only looking for the cheapest easiest
    solution. These persons are generally not employed for the IT acumen. And
    they for the most part have been blinkered by other people who know how to
    speak the language of finace; who have a financial investment in promoting
    the ways of Micro$oft; and who repeatedly want the profitable and ongoing
    business of cleaning up the ensuing mess that invariably happens from
    using Micro$oft software.

    If you want a robust and reliable and effective long term solution that is
    not affected by viruses, you do not willingly choose Micro$oft software.

    Have A Nice Cup of Tea
    Have A Nice Cup of Tea, Apr 12, 2006
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    thingy Guest


    These people don't really know anything about
    I seem to know to many BA's that fit this mold, not to mention a few experiences are different to yours. With CIO's and similar
    people they are usually pretty switched on, the downfall is leaving the
    solutions to the BAs while they look longer term......

    Some do and some dont, the biggest issue I see is actually one of MS's
    strengths the software all works together and is quick to deploy. For a
    decent sized business trying to impliment a solution the
    specifiers/impliementors are not the maintainers... So it goes together
    well.....just has a nasty tendancy to fall apart....(see my point 4 below).
    For servers viruses are not that big an issue....indeed we are finding
    that with good firewalling and virus checking combined, virus infections
    of MS servers is not a biggee.

    In the last two years I have seen some interesting trends,

    1) Most see Solaris and indeed "true" Unixes decline. Sun seems to be
    fighting back with CMT hardware and by moving into the services and
    middleware stack, good on them. Did you know all of their middleware can
    be downloaded and deployed for free? Sun will then offer paid support if
    you want it (and no you are not forced to buy it aka mysql model). Of
    course no CIO is going to go live on a major say, identity system
    without covering he he buys support.....IBM is into Linux,
    Novell, HP as well.....all on a different path to Sun...but not the Unix

    2) In two years our Linux deployment has gone from a handful of Linux
    boxes to 40 boxes with more coming. I think it would/should be even
    higher, but the ignorance of those scoping the work and seeking the
    solutions is holding that back.

    3) When moving off Unix for financials, the stuff moves to Linux, cant
    see to many people going MS where they are or were substantially Unix.

    4) Lots of commercial stuff, serious and large mission critical 24/7
    applications are moving to Linux as the lead OS for their next version,
    they are moving away from MS with Linux as the OS of choice. Why?
    reliability & stability, cost of the OS is not an issue. Who cares
    whether the OS is free, $1000 or $3000 when the applications are many
    times that and the hardware it will run on is into serious money, like
    when its hundreds of thousands....the OS is peanuts....


    thingy, Apr 12, 2006
  5. True, agreed, and agreed. I like your balanced rational canvassing of the
    salient points. (as apposed to my unbalanced irrational vent;o) )

    Thing, how much of your job do you do in the evening?

    Would there be any scope for a person getting work experience in your

    Cheers, and regards

    Have A Nice Cup of Tea
    Have A Nice Cup of Tea, Apr 12, 2006
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    thingy Guest

    I study in the evening when I the moment openldap and mysql,
    read tends to limit it now though. When you are single and
    a geek you come home sit don and eat what ever isnt moving or doesnt
    looks too moldy.....families want real food which means cooking, washing with homework...attention over thier latest lego creation
    etc is cool though....

    I have no idea, I can ask.

    thingy, Apr 12, 2006
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    thingy Guest

    Irrantional vent gets you no where, in saying that I am finding that
    balanced rational propositions get me no where either.

    It is interesting that a person who advocates Linux/Unix can be
    perceived by the majority of THE BORG as a threat and a
    fanatic....(where the The Borg are a majority) being a single Linux
    person in a group of I guess 15 odd is hard work.....From the "fanatics"
    point of view (me) the collective and irrantional wall in front of me
    gets tighter when I suggest OSS solutions....its like they want to feel
    safe in a risk....yet of course business is about risk, yes
    there is a risk of failure and an OSS might be a bigger risk than the
    CSS solution, but if the OSS solution is going to be significantly
    better than CSS, then your business has an edge.....a winning one....

    So dont think in terms of OSS v CSS, think in terms of advantage to the
    business and pick the best solution for the job. Have a rational
    criteria on why the solution was picked and go with it....

    You can mail me at cupoftea at


    thingy, Apr 12, 2006
  8. True, but Irrational vents in cyberspace are good for letting off steam,
    and nobody actually needs to read them. :eek:)

    After all, Who actually DOES like Micro$oft? ;o)

    I know people that were involved years ago with computers but gave it away
    in favour of a job with less stress. Now with Linux they're saying that
    they didn't realise that tinkering with computers could be such fun -
    which it is on a *nix system. :eek:)

    Have A Nice Cup of Tea
    Have A Nice Cup of Tea, Apr 12, 2006
  9. Of course that's how it should be when promoting the best interests of the
    company one works for. :eek:)

    And surely a closed source purchase/implementation would have to be
    considerably better in some way if it were to push out of the way an Open
    Source equivalent. :^)

    Have A Nice Cup of Tea
    Have A Nice Cup of Tea, Apr 12, 2006
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    thingy Guest

    This is where Linux geeks/advocates can win, taking on the quiet "I will
    pick MS decision" with a documented process that is in the open and has
    to be followed....of course, geeks hate paperwork.


    thingy, Apr 12, 2006
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    thingy Guest

    Things like the above should be ringing huge alarm bells at
    Redmond....hopefully they are all deaf....



    thingy, Apr 12, 2006
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    Nihil Guest

    Why would I want an OS written by dimwitted teenage hackers, and if they
    end up being any good they usually end up working for Microsoft anyway.

    Nihil, Apr 12, 2006
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    Philip Guest

    Not to mention this story, rather closer to home:

    Philip, Apr 12, 2006
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    shannon Guest

    One drink
    Take one drink if the author says...

    * Linux will never go mainstream
    * Any platform that can't run Microsoft Office [or some other
    Microsoft "solution"] sucks
    * Linux is hard to install
    * No one can make money from Linux
    * Linux tech support is lacking
    * No one ever got fired for choosing Microsoft
    * Linux has no central blue-chip company to hold liable when
    something goes wrong
    * Linux is for nerds
    * Linux doesn't have enough native software
    * Windows has more games than Linux, therefore Windows is better
    * NT is more secure/stable/powerful/whatever than Linux
    * Microsoft is an innovative company

    Two drinks
    Take two drinks if the author says...

    * Could you get fired for choosing Linux?
    * Unix and Linux come in multiple, incompatible flavors
    * I can't go down to the mall and buy shrink-wrapped Linux
    software, therefore Linux sucks
    * Any OS with a command line interface is primitive
    * Microsoft will be around until the end of time... who knows what
    will happen to Linux?
    * Freeware sucks
    * Linux was created by a bunch of snot-nosed 14 year old hackers
    with acne and no life
    * Security through obscurity is the way to go
    * NT is the future of enterprise computing

    Drain it
    Drink the contents of your container if the author says...

    * Linus and Unix are 70s technology while NT is 90s technology
    * Nobody can beat Microsoft... why bother trying?
    * I predicted Linux' mainstream acceptance several years ago [only
    applies to Jesse Berst columns]
    * All Linux software must be released under the GPL
    * Linux is a great piece of shareware
    shannon, Apr 12, 2006
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    thingy Guest


    Anyone who can write their own OS, is not dim witted....shows your IQ up
    rather well.....about zero......


    thingy, Apr 13, 2006
  16. The summary at the end really does say it all:

    "We've used it to run mission critical servers, and it's proved itself."

    Have A Nice Cup of Tea
    Have A Nice Cup of Tea, Apr 13, 2006
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    s.te.v.e. Guest

    At best you're out of date.

    Linux isn't written by teen hackers...and the best programmers no longer
    want to work for an unscrupulous company with a seriously bad reputation
    and public image.
    s.te.v.e., Apr 14, 2006
  18. Come to think of it, why do it's PR droids like trying to justify such

    Have A Nice Cup of Tea
    Have A Nice Cup of Tea, Apr 14, 2006
  19. Yeah it's damn good - I hear ya bro!!
    wogers nemesis, Apr 14, 2006
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    Bette Noir Guest

    How do you justify your continuous denigration of Windows?
    Bette Noir, Apr 17, 2006
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