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LinuxWorld: A Strategic Comparison of Windows vs. Unix, version 2.0

Feb 27, 2003, 17:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

"This article compares the Microsoft client/server architecture to the Unix approach in terms of systems decisions facing a university faculty. To put this in context, imagine that you are being interviewed for a job as the faculty's systems manager. The chairman of the selection committee asks you to come in to discuss whether the faculty would be better served if it went all-Linux instead of staying all-Microsoft.

"Notice that you're not being asked the traditional 'which is cheaper?' question. Most people have little trouble figuring out that free is cheaper than not-free. What the committee members seek is something to help them reach a judgment about you and maybe some validation as to what they were thinking when they put you on their short list. They won't be evaluating your grasp of the facts. At this stage, they'll be looking for indicators of your behavior and attitudes. Are you a leader or a follower? Do you understand what drives the people and structures in their organization? Do you care? Does your strategic vision of computing align with their needs? What kind of risks would they be taking if they voted to offer you the job...?"

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