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Linux.com: Comparing Apples and Oranges

May 08, 2000, 12:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Dominico)

""NT sucks!" "Linux sucks!" With those words, yet another flame war begins. NT users appreciate its ease of configuration. Unix users prefer to know the "guts" of their systems, and appreciate the stability and flexibility that their OS has to offer. When these two sides meet, they clash. What both sides need to learn is that they are coming from totally different paradigms. As Linux users and advocates, we have to respect and understand these various backgrounds, and use that knowledge to help improve our own OS."

"Linux users typically enjoy learning about the "guts" of their systems. There's no denying that this does take more time than using some sort of point-and-click tool, at least initially. More research is involved, but generally your reward is greater flexibility. Because the configuration files are text-based, and stored in a logical hierarchy, they are easy to access and process with command-lines tools and scripting languages."

"Now, contrast this with the NT way. Configuration is generally simple, using graphical tools. Command-line configuration is sometimes possible, but not the preferred method. For people who don't have the time or inclination to become full-fledged sysadmins, NT sometimes appears to be an attractive option. In places such as small businesses, etc., having an experienced sysadmin is not an option. They want to keep their costs low, and they don't mind having to reboot every so often, as long as they can set the system up themselves."

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