SearchEnterpriseLinux: The Wrong Choice: Firms Balk, Considering Linux Too 'Bleeding Edge'
Apr 04, 2003, 17:30 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)
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"Some companies don't want to walk on the bleeding edge of a
technology. In these true tales from the Linux trenches, two large
companies didn't even want to test the edge to see if it was still
"All of the reports in SearchEnterpriseLinux.com's 'Wrong
Choice' series are submitted by IT professionals and verified by
our editors. The IT pros share their experiences to help their
peers hone their Linux pitches. In some cases, mostly to protect
their jobs, the contributors choose to remain anonymous and/or not
name their companies.
"Consultant Jaime Keener recalled a Linux pitch that was jinxed
by an IT director's 'fear of the unknown.' Keener had recommended
Red Hat Linux as the best file server for a large organization. He
set up a server running Red Hat and demonstrated its ease of
operation, security features and strong file-serving capabilities.
The IT director, who had limited knowledge of the Linux operating